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Course title -
Course code KFI/ETA
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Machula Tomáš, prof. Ph.D., Th.D.
Course content
1. Thomas Aquinas - an Introduction to his Life and Writings 2. The Concept of Man and Virtues 3. The Structure of Human Nature 4. The Ultimate end of Human Life 5. Human Act, Good, and Evil Action 6. The Doctrine of Double Effect 7. Natural Law 8. Passions and Free Will 9. Concept of Virtue 10. Virtues as the Cultivation of Passions 11. Prudence and Conscience 12. Justice, Courage and Moderation

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
Learning outcomes
An introduction to the principles of Thomas Aquinas's ethics. The lectures deal with the basic concepts, theories and arguments of the ethical theory of Thomas Aquinas. It starts with the concept of happiness (eudaimonia, beatitude), continues with the natural law theory and ends with the moral virtues.
Student knows basic concepts and theories of Aquinas's ethics.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination

Student is able to interpret basic concepts and arguments of Thomistic ethics with respect to the literature.
Recommended literature
  • Leo J. Elders. The Ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas. Frankfurt, 2005. ISBN 3-631-53748-4.
  • McInerny. Ethica thomistica.
  • Pope, Stephen J. The ethics of Aquinas. Washington, D.C : Georgetown University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-87840-888-6.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Philosophy (2016) Category: Philosophy, theology - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Ethics in Social Work (2013) Category: Social sciences - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter