“Aristotle’s Lyceum” Lecture Outline

What is the profound difference between Plato’s school and Aristotle’s school?
Explain the distinction between practical happiness and philosophical happiness.
Describe the worries that arise in a practical life.
What does Aristotle mean by a theoretical way of life?
How is theoretical philosophy an ethical choice?
What philosophical activities occur in the Lyceum?
How does Aristotle describe his religious passion for reality?
How does Aristotle’s life of the mind compare to that of modern scholar/researcher?
How is theoretical knowledge acquired?
Beyond philosophical discourse, what does Aristotle believe is needed for people to be virtuous?
In what way is Aristotle’s ethics a social ethics?
Explain the distinction between an instrumental good and an intrinsic good.
What popular notions of the highest good does Aristotle consider? Why does he reject them?
Explain what Aristotle means by eudaimonia.
What external goods are needed to have a flourishing existence?

How does Aristotle define moral virtue?
How does Aristotle define virtue as a ‘mean’?
How are virtues acquired?
Explain the three types of friendships discussed by Aristotle.
The following questions come from Video Lecture: “Aristotle on Character”
What do vicious people lack?
What are the similarities and differences between incontinence and continence?
What features characterize a virtuous action?