Robert N. Johnson – Philosophy 1100 – Introduction to Ethics

PLAN: This course is an introduction to ethical theory. During the semester, we will study the theories of four philosophers: Plato, Aristotle, Kant and Mill.



Plato. The Republic of Plato. Reeve tr., (Hackett)

Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics. T.H. Irwin, tr. Second Edition (Hackett)

Mill, J.S. Utilitarianism.  Second Edition. (Hackett)

Kant, Immanuel. Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals. Hill, Zweig, trs. (Oxford U. P.)

Reading Questions


Nicomachean Ethics


Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals


First Paper Assignment

Critique Assignment


Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

Ancient Ethical Theory by Richard Parry

Virtue Ethics by Rosalind Hursthouse

Plato’s Ethics by Dorothea Frede

Ethics and Politics in the Republic by Eric Brown

Plato on Rhetoric and Poetry by Charles Griswold

Aristotle’s Ethics by Richard Kraut

John Stuart Mill by Fred Wilson

Consequentialism by Walter Sinnot-Armstrong

Hedonism by Andrew Moore

Rule Consequentialism by Brad Hooker

Kant’s Moral Philosophy by Robert N. Johnson

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