PHV406 History of Ethics I: Selected Chapters

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
doc. PhDr. Radim Brázda, Dr. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Radim Brázda, Dr.
Department of Philosophy - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Philosophy - Faculty of Arts
Tue 10:00–11:40 A11
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! PH0118 History of Ethics I
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course offers an overview of the history of ethics from pre-history to the end of Middle Ages. The goal is to provide students with information about the basic questions, problems, works, branches and ethicists of the era.
Learning outcomes
Students will learn how to interpret key moral and philosophical attitudes in the era on the basis of selected source literature.
  • What is ethics, history of ethics? Methodology of history of ethics. The origins of morality, genealogy of morality, moral facts, values. Prehistoric, archaic societies and ancient cultures: Egyptian Book of the Dead, Ancient Codes, Homer, Hesiodos. Ancient ethics: Heraclitus, Democritus, Socrates, Plato, Sophists. Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics Ethics of the Stoics and Skeptics. Ethics of the Epicureans and Kynics. Comparison of ancient and medieval ethics, Augustine: Confessions, On Lying, On Mercy and Free Will Peter Abaelard Thomas Aquinas
    required literature
  • GRAESER, Andreas. Řecká filosofie klasického období : sofisté, Sókratés a sokratikové, Platón a Aristotelés : Die Philosophie der Antike. 2, Sophistik und Sokratik; Plato bis Aristoteles (Orig.). Vyd. 1. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2000. 445 s. ISBN 80-7298-019-X. info
  • ARISTOTELÉS. Etika Níkomachova. Translated by Antonín Kříž. 2. rozš. vyd. Praha: Rezek, 1996. 493 s. ISBN 80-901796-7-3. info
  • AUGUSTIN. O milosti a svobodném rozhodování ;Odpověď Simplicianovi. Vyd. 1. Praha: Krystal OP, 2000. 137 s. ISBN 80-85929-41-4. info
    recommended literature
  • HUSSEY, Edward. Presokratici. Praha: Rezek, 1997. 213 s. ISBN 80-86027-07-4. info
  • PLATON. Euthyfron, obrana Sokrata, Kriton : Obrana Sokrata (Variant.). 2., přehlédnuté vyd. V Praze: Jan Laichter, 1942. 119 s., 1. info
  • GADAMER, Hans-Georg. Idea dobra mezi Platónem a Aristotelem. Translated by Jan Šindelář - Filip Karfík. 1. vyd. Praha: Institut pro středoevropskou kulturu a politiku, 1994. 114 s. ISBN 80-85241-46-3. info
  • CICERO, Marcus Tullius. O povinnostech : rozprava o třech knihách věnovaná synu Markovi : De officiis (Orig.). Vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1970. 193 s. info
  • ABÉLARD, Pierre and HÉLOISE. Dopisy utrpení a lásky. 1. vyd. Praha: Odeon, 1976. 127, [3] s. info
  • TOMÁŠ AKVINSKÝ. Tomáš Akvinský o zákonech v Teologické sumě. Translated by Karel Šprunk. Vyd. 1. Praha: Krystal OP, 2003. 143 s. ISBN 8085929597. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, colloquiums, discussions on primary sources, readings, homework.
Assessment methods
Credit received on the basis of written test - required knowledge of primary literature. Test consisting of 10 open-questions, minimum pass level 60%.
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Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: kombinovaná forma: 16 hodin/semestr.
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