This course introduces students to the field of philosophical ethics and intends to explore the complexity of human act, through the notions of end/mean, choice and intention, freedom and responsibility, deliberation and practical rationality. In particular, the reading of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, books VIII-IX, will be the starting point for approaching other following philosophical texts on friendship.
ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics, transl. J. A. K. Thomson, revised and intr. by J. Barnes, Penguin Classics, London 2004; J. A. JACOBS, Ethics A-Z, Edimburgh University Press, Edinburgh 2005; S. SUAVÉ MEYER, Ancient Ethics: A Critical Introduction, Routledge, London and New York 2008. A. VENDEMIATI, In the first person. An outline of general ethics, Urbaniana University Press, Rome 2007. Further bibliographical indications will be given during the course.