Faculty of Arts

PHIL 304

Virtue Theory

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for PHIL 304.


How should we live? One approach to answering this question focuses on the traits of character that contribute to a well-lived life, including qualities like courage, wisdom, generosity and perseverence. Theories that take this approach are known as virtue theories. This course will look at important examples of virtue theory.

Availability 2018

Not taught in 2018




Nicomachean Ethics (preferably the Cambridge University Press or Oxford University Press translations)

Recommended Reading

Rosalind Hursthouse, On Virtue Ethics (Oxford University Press)


Coursework + exam


PHIL 304: 15.0 points


Either 30 points at Stage II in Philosophy including PHIL 205 or 210 or 211 or 250, or PHIL 102 and any 30 points at Stage II in Philosophy

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