Course Description

This course is for students who are new to Aristotle, as well as for those who may have studied him before. Western culture is principally based on two things: Greek philosophy (Plato and Aristotle) and Judaeo-Christian revelation (the Bible). Aristotle was a student of Plato’s, but his work may have outstripped Plato’s in terms of its importance. Dante considered Aristotle “The Master of Those Who Know,” and Saint Thomas Aquinas referred to him simply as “The Philosopher.” Aquinas’ synthesis of Aristotle and Biblical revelation, of nature and grace, was fundamental not only for the Church but for all subsequent Western history. While Plato wrote dialogues, what have come down to us from Aristotle are his lectures on a great many subjects. We will consider the Metaphysics and the De Anima (On the Soul) briefly, and then spend most of our time on the Ethics and the Politics.

Hours of Instruction: 12

Thomas Lordan, JD

Thomas Lordan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1971 with a B.A. major in Philosophy, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1974. He was a member of the Notre Dame London Center for Legal Studies in London, England during the 1972-1973 academic year. In 1996, he received an M.A. in Politics, with a concentration in political theory, from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and completed all but his dissertation for the Ph.D. degree. Thomas has been a practicing lawyer since 1974, and is licensed in Arizona, Ohio, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. His practice has been primarily in commercial law, both litigation and transactions.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Session 1 - Introduction to Aristotle

    • Reflection Questions for Online Courses

    • Session 1 - Video

  • 2

    Session 2 - Introduction to Aristotle

    • Session 2 - Video

  • 3

    Session 3 - Introduction to Aristotle

    • Session 3 - Video

  • 4

    Session 4 - Introduction to Aristotle

    • Session 4 - Video

  • 5

    Session 5 - Introduction to Aristotle

    • Session 5 - Video

  • 6

    Session 6 - Introduction to Aristotle

    • Session 6 - Video

  • 7


    • Aristotle Class 1 Handout

    • Aristotle Class 2 Lecture Outline

    • Aristotle Handout 4

    • Aristotle Handout 5

    • Aristotle Handout 6

    • Aristotle Handout 7

    • Aristotle Handout 8

    • Aristotle Syllabus

    • Handout 2 -Structure of Nicomachean Ethics