CLCIV 477 - Law and Ethics in the Ancient World
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course examines two intertwining ideas in ancient moral theory. The first is eudaimonism, the idea that happiness (or the good life) is the ultimate goal of human action. Greek and Roman philosophers agree that virtue is necessary for achieving authentic happiness; and they think that ethics is primarily about developing and understanding the virtues. The second is natural law theory, the idea that civil law is essentially connected to morality. In fact, both law and morality are reflections of an underlying law of nature, which has its source in a divine lawgiver or human nature or both. Only by following the natural law can humans achieve authentic happiness; and the purpose of civil law is to guide citizens in this direction by instilling the virtues in them. These two ideas differ sharply from many of our modern preconceptions about law and ethics; however, both ideas have been and continue to be extremely influential. Readings will include selections from Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and Thomas Aquinas.

CLCIV 477 - Law and Ethics in the Ancient World
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 0872204642
Nicomachean ethics, Author: Aristotle. Translated by Teren, Publisher: Hackett 2. ed. - 5 1995
ISBN: 0521520681
Aristotle's Nicomachean ethics : an introduction, Author: Michael Pakaluk, Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press 1. publ. 2005
ISBN: 0521348358
On duties, Author: Cicero ; edited by M.T. Griffi, Publisher: Cambridge University Press 1. publ. 1991
ISBN: 0872206637
On law, morality, and politics, Author: Thomas Aquinas ; translated by, Publisher: Hackett Pub. 2nd ed. 2002
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