Everybody wants to do the right thing, be the best person they can be, and help their family and friends do the same. But why does man have this innate desire to be “good?” What does goodness look like? Are good and evil the same for everyone? Using Aristotle’sEthics as his guide, John Cuddeback, Ph.D. answers these questions and more, showing how man is shaped by the choices he makes, and how continually choosing the good inevitably leads to happiness.
The Fundamentals of Happiness
To study ethics is to seek to understand the true order of human actions, Dr. Cuddeback discusses what that order looks like, and how it is tied to man’s happiness, by examining these key topics from Aristotle’s Ethics:
• The objectivity of good and evil • The pursuit of “the chief good,” or human happiness • The moral, intellectual, and cardinal virtues • Habits and vices, and how they shape human character
Aristotle’s timeless assertions on the nature of humanity are invaluable in their cogency and simplicity. Dr. Cuddeback’s teaching of the text from a Catholic perspective makes for a deep yet accessible lesson on the profound spiritual dimension of everyday life.
Why study Ethics?
The increasing pervasiveness of moral relativism can complicate the modern Christian’s understanding of good and evil. A choice to study ethics is a choice to clarify one‘s knowledge of goodness. If we are confident in our understanding of good and evil, we can more assuredly pursue lives of Christian holiness. Dr. Cuddeback’s lectures are rich sources of inspiration and insight into human goodness. Choosing goodness means choosing happiness for ourselves and those around us.
Education for the Mind and the Soul
While the study of ethics is an intellectual endeavor, it pertains to all aspects of the human person. Dr. Cuddeback’s sensitivity to the Catholic’s quest for holiness allows him to apply ethics to our everyday spiritual lives. Learn how St. Thomas Aquinas’ own study of Aristotle’s teachings left an indelible mark on the Catholic understanding of virtue. Renew your desire to overcome bad habits by understanding the transformative power of good ones.
In this course, Dr. Cuddeback invites you to feed your mind and your soul with timeless teachings on humanity’s pursuit of happiness.
About the Author
Dr. Cuddeback holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America. He is Professor of Philosophy at Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia. He has lectured widely on various topics including virtue, culture, natural law, contemplation, and friendship. His book Friendship: The Art of Happiness was republished in 2010 as True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness. His writings have appeared in Nova et Vetera, The Thomist, and The Review of Metaphysics, as well as in several volumes published by the American Maritain Association.
Item No: C103 (Grouped)
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
Publication Date: 2014
Binding: DVD, CD, MP4 Video Download, MP3 Audio Download and Group Study Edition
8 Lectures (Approx. 30 min. each)
1. The Science of Ethics
Every choice we make is an attempt to reach some good.
2. The Reality of Habit and Happiness
Never underestimate the role of habit on the long path to virtue.
3. What Is True Virtue?
Knowing the distinction between moral and intellectual virtues can help us reach the heart of Aristotle’s fundamental principles.
4. Concerning Temperance
Aristotle affirms that the man who lacks temperance, who is ruled by his passions, loves bodily pleasures more than they’re worth.
5. On Justice and Prudence
As we move on the justice — one of the greatest virtues — we also examine how critical it is for the human will to want justice.
6. Different Kinds of Character
Aristotle’s challenge becomes more acute as we begin to study continence and incontinence — and thereby, to look at our own stance in the moral life.
7. How to Grow in Virtue
In this lecture, we’ll ask one of the most important questions of Aristotle’s ethics: where is your heart?
8. The Greatest Perfection
Our final lecture ends where the course began — with a search for happiness.