In this 12-lecture meditation on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, you'll uncover the clarity and ethical wisdom of one of humanity's greatest minds. Father Koterski shows how and why this great philosopher can help you deepen and improve your own thinking on questions of morality and leading the best life. The aim of these lectures is to provide you with a clear and thoughtful introduction to Aristotle as a moral philosopher. After absorbing some important background information designed to introduce you to Aristotle's career and general approach to the various fields of knowledge, you turn to the ten books (today we would call them chapters) of this brief but towering work. Throughout, you'll consider Aristotle's account of the four main virtues of courage, moderation, justice, and prudence; his claims that happiness (eudaimonia) is the real goal of life; his explanations of how and why people attain- or fall short of- ethical excellence; his differences with his teachers Plato and Socrates over the hard question of what knowing rightly has to do with acting rightly; where Aristotle's thought fits into the long history of ethical reflection; and much more.
Prepare for an illuminating, mind-broadening, and thought-provoking learning experience, and a chance to get up close and personal with one of Western philosophy's founding fathers.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
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This is my third of the great courses, the other two being on philosophy and language, and I'm discovering that the great courses are usually a little too neutral for my tastes. Specifically, this course on Aristotle.
The content was accurate, the teacher was well articulated and communicative, but Aristotle's ethics were presented as floating abstractions, that is, their usefulness or non-usefulness was not made clear other than "this is how Aristotle thought about it."
In a four-year philosophy degree, certainly such neutrality is preferable for a serious student, so that the student may integrate the ideas himself in a neutral fashion, according to his own judgments. But in a 6 hour lecture series, it's hard to effectively use the information without more to hang my hat on.
Aristotle generally writes, in my opinion, with conviction of mind that what he says is true, and speaks with love for his sense of life and the role of man in the world, and that did not come through to me in this course on his ethics.
I appreciate the thoroughness and insight of Father Koterski. He is an interesting and relevant lecturer. This a great way to complement private reading of the text.
Solid course. Not life changing but definitely illuminating. Professor is knowledgable and charming. The course on the Platonic Dialogues is still the best audio course, however.
Well thought out and delivered lectures but the content could easily have been twice as long.
The indispensable Aristotle for those seeking guidance for many of today's problems in government and corporate board rooms.
Analytical mind desiring the greatest understanding of that which interests me. Didn't grow up a bookworm, but now it's my favorite hobby.
Enjoyed it all. I'm deeply enthralled by the Greek era. Can't wait to review this material again... If you like this, then go to The Republic.
I haven't read the print version, but this lecture series is an absolutely superb to understanding Aristotle at a deeper level than one can master on his own. Aristotle is dry and his 'lecture notes' were never intended for publication. Father Joseph Koterski's clear, deep and enthusiastic delivery motivates one to go back again and again to Aristotle's Ethics. More of these, please!
Not yet, but I intend to listen to all his audio lectures, especially the one on Biblical Wisdom.
Everything has moved me, especially what he has to say about friendship and morality as something that one does as part of a community.
More of Father Joseph Koterski please!
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