Moral Philosophy StJohnCentre
This course in Ethics is designed to take the beginner through the philosophical science concerned with the nature of morality. Beginning with an investigation into the ultimate last end of human existence, we will consider the nature of happiness and in what it must essentially consist. An in-depth study of this topic would be incomplete without an extensive investigation into the contribution made to this discussion by the likes of the great ancient philosophers: Plato (428-347BC) and Aristotle (384-322BC), the Medievals: Bonaventure (1221-1275) and Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), and the moderns: Emmanuel Kant (1724-1804) and David Hume (1711-1776).
Upon understanding the essential nature of happiness we proceed to define the nature of the moral act. Here we distinguish between those acts which are devoid of morality from those actions having a moral aspect. In this we carefully define the nature of the willful and of the free. This takes us into a discussion concerning the influences affecting human freedom in the moral act; influences such as ignorance in deliberation, psychological states such as fear and anger, and the habits or accustomisations arising from within the human person. Finally the course considers the external influences to the moral act such as violence, either moral or physical.
Once we have studied the nature of morality in itself we then proceed to consider the objective and subjective rules of morality: namely, law and conscience. Here we consider the different types of law and their binding force, before considering the role of conscience in moral decision-making. The course concludes with an extensive investigation into the different virtues and vices and how they impact our moral life.
So join us for this beautiful course on the nature of morality.
6 Weeks: 12 Hours (i.e., two hours, one night a week).
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