Tradition and Moral Philosophy


What is the good community? Which virtues and practices should shape life within that community? What determines the content of these virtues? Are there standards outside of particular communities that should regulate life within the community and help us assess whether a given way of life is better or worse? How do we answer these basic questions of political philosophy? This seminar explores these questions through the work of Alasdair MacIntyre, Talal Asad, Jeff Stout, Charles Taylor, Robert George, Martha Nussbaum, and Michael Walzer, among others. We will consider these different approaches to moral and political thought within three major traditions: Christianity, Stoicism, and Islam.
Curriculum Codes
  • EI
  • R
  • CZ
Cross-Listed As
  • CLST 566S
  • ETHICS 572S
  • PHIL 575S
Typically Offered