This course is intended to be a general introduction to the major theories, concepts and issues encountered in Aristotelian, Kantian and Nietzschean ethics. It will critically examine compare, contrast and asses philosophical arguments within the context of the various works by these philosophers. Those basic concepts Aristotle discusses in his Nicomachean ethics, such as virtue, action, happiness, pleasure, principle will be discussed, the difference between ethical virtues and virtues of thought will be underlined and the whatness of zoe praktike will be displayed.
We shall look at how Kant “deduces” his categorial imperative mentioned in his Critique of Practical Reason and point out the necessity with which reason demands this practical law.
The class also covers discussions about Nietzschean concepts such as eternal recurrance and amor fati, along with the “human types” of Nietzsche.