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PhDTh 850 Virtues Ethics (4 Credits)

This course covers the fundamental elements of Virtues Ethics and how its approach to morality is different from non-consequentialist and consequentialist theories. Virtues Ethics also analyzes the views of Aristotle on happiness and virtue as well as the agent-centered nature of Virtues Ethics. This course will also analyze why the proponents of Virtues Ethics insist that it provides a more comprehensive perceptive of moral life compared with other moral theories. There will also be a discussion on the fundamental criticisms of Virtues Ethics, as well as the concepts of eudaimonia and the Golden Rule. Lastly, this course will explore the contemporary approaches to Virtues Ethics.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of Aristotle's notion of Virtues Ethics.
  • Explain what Virtues Ethics is and evaluate its radical critique on moral philosophy.
  • Critically compare and contrast moral theories and Virtues Ethics.
  • Gain thorough comprehension on the main themes of Virtues Ethics and how they are relevant to the ethics of care, moral actions and concerns.
  • Critically assess the significance of acting virtuously in modern times by using Virtues Ethics as foundation.
  • Critically compare and contrast Aritotelian theory and eudaimonia theory and explain their relevance to modern society.