LPC Reading Group

'Since happiness is an activity of the soul in accordance with perfect virtue, we must examine the nature of virtue' 

The two reading groups scheduled for this autumn will carry on looking at ethical issues. The 15 October meeting will be based on reading Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics (Books 1-4 and Book 10) - 'the most brilliant lecture notes ever written' (Alasdair MacIntyre). 

A further meeting, scheduled for 19 November, will look at the concept of duty in Kant: suggested reading for that meeting and the lists for participation will be opened in October.

There are many translations of the Ethics, including many accessible versions free on line, as well as a huge literature. 

A good starting point is the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, with entries by Richard Kraut on Aristotle's Ethics and Rosalind Hursthouse on Virtue Ethics. Richard Kraut's piece has an extensive bibliography. You can find them under  https://leibniz.stanford.edu/friends/info/title_list/

Alasdair MacIntyre has a particular take, and offers context for Aristotle's thinking (After Virtue, Chaps. 10, 11, 12). Julia Annas questions the coherence of Aristotle's position and his centrality in 'virtue ethics' (The Morality of Happiness).

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  • Dmitry

    It was interesting and productive not in just metaethics sense

    1 · October 15, 2013

  • Sam K.

    Any chance we could create a second group?

    4 · September 23, 2013

    • David

      I second this.

      September 24, 2013

    • Sam K.

      Well I've been bumped into the main group now so it is sort of a moot point, but for future reference I think your idea is valid for those who want to come along but get stuck on the waitlist.

      October 15, 2013

  • Gillian

    Greatly regret I cannot now make tonight... hope next person on the waiting list can leap into my place. Looking forward to joining the group soon.

    October 15, 2013

  • Pete B.

    The waiting list operates automatically, so it's very hard to gauge whether any places will be free. The long-term solution will be to run a second session - and we'll come back to this in the New Year. Sorry if this is frustrating.

    October 14, 2013


      Thanks v. Much for this. I'll keep an eye out for the session in the new year.

      October 14, 2013

  • H C

    I am 13 th on the waiting list. Anyone any ideas if there is likely to be room for me ? Thanks in advance.

    October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apologies, can't make it, a nasty bout of manflu.

    October 14, 2013

  • Joe F.

    I am very disappointed to say that I can no longer attend
    as my work will take me far away on Tuesday until the day's end

    October 13, 2013

  • Tim S.

    Will there be room for extra bodies or is the group size strictly limited? In short I'd very much like to attend. \t

    October 9, 2013

  • Sean L.

    Looking forward to meet you guys

    October 1, 2013

  • Pete B.

    We have tried to organise a second meeting before - but the turnout at was far below the numbers who had said they'd come and we also needed to pay for the room. I agree that it's a problem and we'll revisit it in the future. In the meantime, you could organise a meeting yourself if you can find a venue, and advertise it in this thread. A group met in a quiet area of the Royal Festival Hall on a previous occasion.

    September 24, 2013

  • Romilly

    Sugar! Just checked my dairy and I'm seeing the not so great Philosopher Russel brand

    September 8, 2013

    • gordon c.

      as another member of group russel attends, he's ok, bit of a thirteen steper. Philosophy is more intresting, but have a good time. ONE LOVE to YOU.

      September 8, 2013

  • Romilly

    Can't wait!

    September 8, 2013

  • gordon c.

    didnt realise so many people intrested in Philosophy, might have to send out small plauge to cut numbers. ONE LOVE, to all you Philosophy Lovers, stay clear of euston you might get infected. Keep It Real. ONE LOVE AND PEACE.

    1 · September 6, 2013

  • Gillian

    Looking forward to expanding my mind...

    1 · September 5, 2013

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