[FE 2025]  Ethics II

Semester II
wednesday 10:30 - 12:15

Course Information

Language: English

Semester II
wednesday 10:30 - 12:15


The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the process of moral questioning and to guide them in the understanding of the answers that can be given to these questions. In order to do this, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics is used. Ethics I is dedicated to the question of happiness and virtue from a fundamental perspective. In Ethics II, the cardinal virtues are studied as well as the themes of pleasure and practical reasoning, along with friendship and contemplation. For the study of the cardinal virtues students are recommended to read Josef Pieper’s book: The Four Cardinal Virtues.


Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics; International theological commission, In Search of a Universal Ethics: A New Look at the Natural Law, 2009; Ralph McInerny, Ethica Thomistica; the moral philosophy of Saint Thomas, revised ed., Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1997; Joseph Pieper, The Four Cardinal Virtues, Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 1996; Leisure: The Basis of Culture; the Philosophical Act, South Bend (Ind.): St. Augustine’s Press, 1998.