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7AAN2027 Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle


Credit value: 20
Module tutor: Dr Joachim Aufderheide 


  • Summative assessment: one two-hour exam (100%) 
  • Formative assessment: two 1,500–2,000-word essays


  • Summative assessment: one two-hour exam (100%)
  • Formative assessment: two 1,500–2,000-word essays

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: one one-hour weekly lecture and one one-hour weekly seminar over ten weeks. 

Additional information:

Pre-requisites: While the module will build on the knowledge students have of Greek Philosophy for those who have it, the module does not presuppose any and can be taken without prerequisite.
Sample syllabus: 7AAN2027 module syllabus 2016-17.

In the first four weeks we will study Aristotle’s theoretical philosophy by studying parts of his treatise On the Soul. We will focus on the nature of the soul, Aristotle’s conceptions of perception, thinking, and desire. The last six weeks are devoted to key topics in Aristotle’s practical philosophy: happiness, virtue, practical wisdom, pleasure, and happiness in a political context.

Further information

Module aims

This course is designed to introduce the students to Aristotle’s wonderfully rich but intricate philosophical writings by focusing on some of the most prominent topics in Aristotle’s philosophy.

Learning outcomes

Students will learn how to read, how to criticise, and how to make sense of Aristotle and will thus be in a position to benefit from the wealth of Aristotle’s thought.

Past syllabi

7AAN2027 module syllabus 2012-13 (pdf)
7AAN2027 module syllabus 2013-14 (pdf)
7AAN2027 module syllabus 2014-15 (pdf)
7AAN2027 module syllabus 2015-16 (pdf)

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.

More detailed information on the current year’s module (including the syllabus for that year) can be accessed on KEATS by all students and staff. 

Core reading
  • Aristotle, De Anima II and III
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics I-III.4; VI; VII.11-14; X
  • Aristotle Politics VIII

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

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