Course: Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy I (Aristotle)

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Course title Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy I (Aristotle)
Course code KPF/B014P
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Kroupa Daniel, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Konrádová Veronika, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
The course consists of long-term continuous reading of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. Planned range of topics will cover these issuess: the character of ethical study - the good - eudaimonia - arete - the doctrine of the "mean" - good judgement - voluntary action - deliberation and choice - freedom of action - the ethical and intellectual virtue - the nature of particular virtues - self-control and weakness of the will - pleasure - friendship - political and contemplative life.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
The course is designed as a detailed tutorial reading of classical texts of ancient philosophy, particularly Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. In the first term, students will get acquainted with the concept of Aristotle's ethical thinking and its key concepts and continue with readings of Aristotle's text. Seminar readings will be supplemented with presentations using secondary literature that will students get acquainted with the possible interpretative approaches.
Students will acquire the following academic knowledge: - can explain the key concepts of Aristotelian ethics - can read and interpret primary text and confront it with the interpretation of the secondary literature - can explain hypotheses, methods and aims of Aristotle's studying of Nicomachean Ethics - can explain the basic concepts of Aristotle's ethics in detail, his analysis of human behavior and the structure arete

Assessment methods and criteria
75% participation in seminars is required. To obtain a credit: students work out a paper in written and orally presented form, using academic secondary literature (Czech, or foreign language), alternatively an essay on a given topic using primary and secondary sources
Recommended literature
  • Anagnostopoulos, Georgios. A Companion to Aristotle. Malden, 2009.
  • Aristotelés. Etika Nikomachova. Praha, 1996.
  • Aubenque, Pierre. Rozumnost podle Aristotela. Praha, 2003.
  • Barnes, Jonathan. The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle. New York, 1995.
  • Broadie, Sarah. Ethics with Aristotle. New York, 1991.
  • Furley, David J. From Aristotle to Augustine. New York, 1999.
  • Gadamer, H. G. Idea dobra mezi Platónem a Aristotelem, Praha. 1994.
  • Graeser, Andreas. Řecká filosofie klasického období. Praha, 2000.
  • MacIntyre, A.. Ztráta ctnosti. Praha, 2005.
  • Nussbaum, Martha C. Křehkost dobra. Praha, 2003.
  • Pakaluk, Michael. Aristotle´s Nicomachean Ethics: an introduction. Cambridge, 2005.
  • Rezek, Petr (ed.). Spravedlnost jako zdatnost. Praha, 1996.
  • Synek, Stanislav. Lidská přirozenost jako úkol člověka: filosofická interpretace Etiky Nikomachovy. Praha, 2011.
  • Tugendhat, E.. Přednášky o etice. Praha, 2004.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Social Sciences (Two-Subject Combination) (A8) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Arts Social Sciences (Two-Subject Combination) (A14) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Arts Social Sciences (Two-Subject Combination) (A14) Philosophy, theology - Winter