Wed, Oct 03
Today we tackle our third and final moral theory and we go back to the beginning... Aristotle! If you remember from our first class, Aristotle though living morally was the equivalent to being happy. Both require cultivating virtue. And the practical dimension of virtue requires having role models, close relationships, and plenty of opportunities to develop good habits. Today we read Aristotle's beautiful meditation on friendship, parenthood and moral development. We'll discuss whether we have stronger obligations to those we love than to far needier strangers. We'll also consider whether you can be friends with your iPhone and whether too much technology hurts children's flourishing.
Key concepts: Virtue, Eudaimonia, Moral Exemplars, Three Types of Friendship
Read first six pages. If you are debating, read entire entry on parenthood.