Classical Conceptions of the Common Good


This course introduces students to the early development of the idea of the common good in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. Through their conception of virtue, politics and "the Good," Socrates, Aristotle, Cicero, and Marcus Aurelius provided the foundation for many later Christian notions of the common good. The class will contrast classical conceptions of the common good with later Christian perspectives (Aquinas' idea of Natural Law and recent Catholic social teachings) and at least one contemporary perspective (that of John Rawls). Philosophy for Children uses philosophy to empower children to be respectful, tolerant, and morally responsible. Students must complete 25 hours or 10 instances of service. Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement. PMI, SCG




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