BY Peter Kreeft


Ethics: A History of Moral Thought

This is one of the best introductions to moral thought on the Internet. It will provide an excellent understanding of moral thought tracing its various concepts to their origins. It provides an framework and critique that is clear and consice. The audio version is for sale on audible and amazon.  You can download the zipped version of the book from Audible with this link. The notes are very similar to the actual audio, but it is so good to just listen to Kreeft himself explain it and it is so well put together.


This course addresses some of the eternal questions that man has grappled with since the beginning of time. What is good? What is bad? Why is justice important? Why is it better to be good and just than it is to be bad and unjust?

Most human beings have the faculty to discern between right and wrong, good and bad behavior, and to make judgments over what is just and what is unjust. But why are ethics important to us?

This course looks at our history as ethical beings. We'll travel into the very heart of mankind's greatest philosophical dilemmas - to the origins of our moral values and the problem of ethics. Are ethics universal, absolute and unchanging - or are they culturally relative, changing, and man-made? Furthermore, we'll delve into the creation of ethical systems - not just for ourselves, but also for society at large. And we will consider the ongoing process of establishing ethical frameworks for society.

This book's summary has chapters. Normally these will match the chapters of the book:


Peter Kreeft. Ethics: A History of Moral Thought, web:Recorded Books, 2008