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Course: Advanced Ethics

V Advanced Ethics • 2019 listing - for reference only • Grade 11 or above • Philosophy Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Karl Oles
* Sections
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Section dates, meeting times, and tuition are still being determined.
* Website
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* Description
Alasdair MacIntyre's book, After Virtue, argues that modern moral debates and concepts should be understood as disconnected survivals of a pre-Enlightenment European culture. MacIntyre traces historical concepts of virtue and touches on related areas of philosophy, including theories of meaning. The first part of the course will examine historical materials as background for the second part, using a survey text, An Introduction to Christian Ethics. The second part will focus on a careful reading of MacIntyre's book.
* Meetings
This course meets once a week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
The course is structured like an Oxford tutorial. Each week, the student will be given a reading list and asked to write an essay on a given topic. The level of effort will vary from week to week but will require several hours at a minimum.
* Prerequisites
Students in this course should have experience handling complex material and synthesizing such material in writing clear essays.
* Recommended background
Prior study of ethics or other philosophical works is recommended.
* Instructor's Notes
This course will include discussion of key figures in the intellectual history of Europe (particularly England and Germany). Students will gain experience in college-level reading and writing.
V Textbooks and Materials
* After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory (Edition: 3)
Alasdair MacIntyre
This text is required.
ISBN: 978-0-268-03504-4
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Earlier editions should not be used. The third edition included significant changes from earlier editions.
* An Introduction to Christian Ethics: Goals, Duties, and Virtues (Edition: 1)
Robin W. Lovin
This text is required.
ISBN: 978-0-687-46736-5
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore

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