FIL4322 – Ethics in the Antiquity

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Course content

Classical works from the Antiquity such as the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle, and Platos’ The Republic in addition to the works of the Stoics and the Epicureans are among the most important and most debated in the western literature. During the last fifty years they have also been the source of the field within ethics known as virtue ethics.

During 14 double sessions of seminars the course will focus on these classical texts and the philosophical problems they arise.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course the students will

  • have a good general understanding of basic ethical problems discussed during the Antiquity
  • have developed a basic competence regarding the reception of these problems in the philosophical literature as well as their relevance in modern ethical thinking


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Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

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Requires admission to the Master's programme in philosophy.


Recommended previous knowledge

Some basic knowledge in ethics.


The seminar will take place at the Norwegian Institute of Athens during a period of 7 weeks with two double sessions per week. If possible, short excursions to important places and sights will be arranged.


An essay of approximately 10 pages.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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Facts about this course






The course is offered on an irregular basis.


The course is offered on an irregular basis.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)