Course code:



IM - Introductory/Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

Typically offered:

Every other year

What makes a human life good? In this course we will consider how Plato and Aristotle’s competing epistemologies produce different answers to this question, and we will debate the relationship between human character and “moral luck,” or the elements of human existence that humans do not control. In addition, we will read the tragedies of of Aeschylus and Sophocles, as well as Martha Nussbaum’s more modern text The Fragility of Goodness to explore ancient Greek responses to the question of human goodness. This course will familiarize students with major trends in Greek philosophy and Greek ethics, and it will provoke students to consider the relationship between ancient Greek thought and contemporary ethical problems. Students will be evaluated on the basis of weekly writing assignments, a presentation, a midterm exam, and a final exam. 


None required, but students should be prepared to read dense, philosophical texts.

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