Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2114: Aristotle's Ethics

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Edward Skidelsky (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The Nicomachean Ethics, written about 350 BC, is the best known work of the Greek philosopher Aristotle and one of the most influential treatises on ethics ever. Its original title was “Ta Ethika,” meaning “things concerning character.” In it, Aristotle analyses the notions of character, action and responsibility; discusses various virtues including wisdom, courage, justice, wit and generosity; distinguishes different forms of friendship; and paints a picture the ideal life.

In this module, we will analyse Aristotle’s Ethics book by book, relating it both to its historical context and to modern debates in moral philosophy.

This module is suitable for students taking philosophy or other subjects. No prior knowledge of philosophy is required. 

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