Ethics 205

Saint Louis University

Fall 2008 

Syllabus (205-07)                   Syllabus (205-08)

For Wednesday, August 27, read Jacques Maritain's "Definition of Philosophy" and answer these study questions.

For Friday, August 29, read Jacques Maritain's "Philosophy and Common Sense" and answer these study questions.

For Wednesday, September 3, read Jacques Maritain's "Philosophy and the Special Sciences", and answer these study questions.

For Friday, September 5, read Plato's Euthyphro, and answer these study questions.

For Wednesday, September 10, read 393-408 of Kant's Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, and answer questions 1-9 of these study questions.

For Friday, September 12, read 408-434 of Kant's Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, and answer questions 10-18 of these study questions.

For Monday, September 15, read pages 1-19 of J.S. Mill's Utilitarianism, and answer questions 1-7 of these study questions.

For Friday, September 19, read the Polus section of Plato's Gorgias, and answer these study questions.

Topic for Paper #1: Summarize the moral theories of Kant and Mill, and then compare them, showing the strengths and weaknesses of each. (3-4 pages)

For Monday, September 22, read the Callicles section of Plato's Gorgias, and answer these study questions.

For Friday, September 26, read book 1 of Plato's Republic, and answer these study questions.

For Monday, September 29, read book 2 of Plato's Republic, and answer these study questions.

For Wednesday, October 1, read book 4 of Plato's Republic, and answer these study questions.

For Friday, October 3, read 504e-509c of book 6 and 571a-588a of book 9 of Plato's Republic, and answer these two study questions.

For Wednesday, October 8, read book 1 of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, and answer these study questions.

Midterm Study Questions (The midterm is on Friday, October 17; a review session will be held at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, October 15, in Humanities Building Room 142.)

For Wednesday, October 15, read book 2 of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, and answer these study questions.

For Wednesday October 29, read book 10 of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, and answer these study questions.

Topic for Paper #2 (due Nov 7): What does the good life look like, according to Aristotle? Why? How does it contrast with the common contemporary conception of the good life?

For Monday, November 3, answer these study questions. In order to do that, you will need to read the "I answer that" sections of the relevant articles in Questions 1-5 of Summa Theologica I-II.

For Wednesday, November 19, read Question 18 of Summa Theologica I-II and answer these study questions.

For Monday, November 24, read articles 12 and 13 of Summa Theologica I Q.79, and articles 5 and 6 of Summa Theologica I-II Q.19, and answer these study questions.

 Topic for Paper #3 (due Dec 5): Explain what makes an act good or evil, according to Aquinas, showing how this relates to happiness, natural law, and virtue.

For Monday, December 1, read the relevant articles in Questions 90-94 of Summa Theologica I-II, and answer these study questions.

Final Exam Study Questions: review session at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, December 9, in Humanities Building Room 142.

 

Required Texts

Plato's Euthyphro

Plato's Gorgias

Plato's Republic

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

Kant's Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals

J.S. Mill's Utilitarianism

 

Additional Resources:

Ralph McInerny's Ethica Thomistica

C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man

Henry B. Veatch's Rational Man: A Modern Interpretation of Aristotelian Ethics

Francis Sparshott's Taking Life Seriously: A Study of the Argument of the Nicomachean Ethics

Servais Pinckaers's Morality: The Catholic View, and his The Sources of Christian Ethics

Vernon Bourke's Ethics

Austin Fagothey's Right and Reason (2nd edition)

Francis Beckwith and Gregory Koukl's Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air (Baker, 1998)

Peter Kreeft's "A Refutation of Moral Relativism"

Josef Pieper's The Four Cardinal Virtues (Notre Dame, 1954)

Game: On atheism, death and meaning


On Writing Philosophy Papers

Anthony Weston's A Rulebook for Arguments (Hackett)

Zachary Seech's Writing Philosophy Papers (Wadsworth); chapter 2 "Thesis Defense Papers"

Strunk & White's The Elements of Style (MacMillan)