Time to update this blog with a post.  In three successive posts, I will explain the courses I am teaching this semester.

First, Aristotle’s Ethics in Greek, offered as both a Philosophy and a Greek course, for the first half of the semester looks carefully at Aristotle’s treatment of courage and moderation in book III, and then for the second half turns to passages taken from the rest of the Ethics, which suffice to give students a good grasp of the work as a whole and the main difficulties.

In preparing secondary materials for the students, as resources, I was astonished to find how many necessary works are available as pdf downloads.   Most of these are big documents.  So I prepared a Dropbox folder, invited all the students to share it, and I can add freely other materials or make sub-folders as the semester progresses.  No doubt there is some technologically more savvy way of doing this, but I was pretty impressed by these simple expedients.

Here is the “reserve reading list” which is the class’s Dropbox folder so far:

Aristoteles Latinus – Ethica Nicomachea.pdf
44.45 MB

Aspasius, Commentaria in Aristotelem graeca, v. 19.pdf
36.99 MB

Burnet, The Ethics of Aristotle.pdf
19.97 MB

Bywater, Contributions_to_the_textual_criticism_o.pdf
1.57 MB

Eustratius, Michael of Ephesus, Commentaria in Aristotelem graeca, v. 20.pdf
48.42 MB

Grant, The Ethics of Aristotle, vol 1.pdf
30.68 MB

Grant, The Ethics of Aristotle, vol 2.pdf
27.67 MB

Oxford Translation of the Nicomachean Ethics by W. D. Ross.pdf
22.92 MB

Stewart, Notes_on_the_Nicomachean_Ethics_of_Aristotle, vol 1.pdf
17.41 MB

Stewart, Notes_on_the_Nicomachean_Ethics_of_Aristotle, vol 2.pdf
14.69 MB

Stewart, The English Manuscripts of the NE in Relation to …r’s Manuscripts.pdf
4.8 MB

Yes, the students will use these resources in preparing.  But how can we offer this kind of course at an undergraduate level?  It is difficult to say, but I would surmise that it is because of: (1) our excellent classics professors and classes; (2) a mutual admiration between philosophy and classics at the university, and the collaboration which is possible at a smaller institution where there is a shared vision of education; (3) many excellent students who form a community, including a good base of homeschooled students;  (4) the intellectual seriousness that often accompanies Catholic religious devotion; (5) the importance of classical languages in the Catholic intellectual tradition; and (6) a certain kind of intellectual and cultural piety, by no means exclusive of a love of the modern and of trendiness (hmmm, you should see my now shoulder-length hair!), which is fostered in that tradition.