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Lehrveranstaltungen Winrersemester 2021-2022

Seminar und Lektürekurs

Stoic ethics

Di. 10:00 bis 12:00 c.t. woch 19.10.2021 bis 08.02.2022 Luisenstr. 37 (A) - A 032

In this course, taught in English, we will study the ethical theory of ancient Stoicism. Stoic ethics is notorious for a number of striking views: the Stoics held for instance that one ought not have emotions (or: ‘passions’), that such things as wealth and health are not goods, but rather, strictly speaking, indifferent, neither good nor bad, and that virtue is sufficient for happiness (no matter the circumstances of the virtuous person). We will investigate these views and their basis within the theory of the Stoics. And we will examine, more generally, the Stoic conception of the good life and of virtue, the Stoic theory of emotions, and the theory of value, among other things.
Leistungsnachweis

term paper OR (presentation(s)+essay/record), according to the lecturer's specification [9 ECTS-points]
Anmeldung

LSF-registration via the menu item "Vorlesungsverzeichnis" (=> click through after LSF login to the individual view of this course) sometime between 27 September 2021 and 11 October 2021.

Fortgeschrittenenseminar und Essaykurs

Happiness, virtue, and the good in Aristotelian and Stoic ethics

Mo. 16:00 bis 18:00 c.t. woch 18.10.2021 bis 07.02.2022 Ludwigstr. 28, RG - 503

In this course, we will examine happiness, virtue, and the good in Aristotelian and Stoic ethics. We begin by studying Aristotle’s ethical works. Then we turn to Stoicism and to a central text of the course, Cicero’s dialogue De Finibus (‘On Moral Ends’), which presents and discusses the ethical theories of the Epicureans, the Stoics, and that of Antiochus of Ascalon. Through close study of De Finibus, we will examine, among other things, what happiness and the good life are according to the Stoics, what virtue is, and how virtue and happiness are related; we will also investigate the Aristotelian (or Aristotle-inspired) approach of Antiochus of Ascalon to these questions. Throughout the course, we shall look at what distinguishes the views of Aristotle, the Stoics, and Antiochus, and at the grounds for the differences among them. We will pay special attention to the question of how virtue and happiness are thought to be related, whether virtue is supposed to be sufficient for happiness or whether external goods are needed in addition. The course will be taught in English; knowledge of Ancient Greek or Latin is not required, but will be a benefit.
Leistungsnachweis

term paper OR (presentation(s)+essay/record) OR (in case of the essay course option) 4 essays [9 ECTS]
Anmeldung

LSF-registration via the menu item "Vorlesungsverzeichnis" (=> click through after LSF login to the individual view of this course) sometime between 27 September 2021 and 11 October 2021.

 

 


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