Faculteit der Cultuur- en Maatschappijwetenschappen
Apollo and Dionysus
This course aims to provide an overview of the different ethical traditions in the history of Western civilisation. It focuses upon a number of influential world views and their moral implications - from the tenets of Socrates and Plato to those of Nietzsche and Foucault -, and considers the ways in which such views were bound to clash with the reality of the human condition. Starting-point of the course is the continuous tension between very rational, philosophical-ethical systems on the one hand, and some alternative, more comprehensive approaches to morality on the other hand, as for example expressed in Greek tragedy and other works of literature, in which the inadequacy of an exclusively rational approach - and indeed of any form of one-sidedness - is a major theme.The course then will not only introduce explicitly philosophical ethical theories in their historical context, but it also deals with more implicit images of ‘the good life’ as expressed in works of literature.
Doelstellingen van dit vak
Knowledge and understanding of the origins of ethical views in modern western civilisation.
Blackburn, Simon. (2001). Being Good. A short introduction to Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press (compulsory). Copleston, F.C. (1985). A History of Philosophy. Book One (which contains vols. I, II and III). New York: Doubleday (Image Books). (capita selecta). Nussbaum, Martha C. (1986). The Fragility of Goodness. Luck and ethics in Greek tragedy and philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.