In view of increasing life expectancies, individual life plans and expanding possibilities of medical surgeries, it is a challenge for Ethics to explicitly and systematically discuss the implications of the temporal extension, order of events and structure of our life. A first attempt can be found in the course of life perspective which was developed in the areas of developmental psychology and social sciences. Using the example of aging, at first the desideratum of an appropriate ethical analysis with normative aspects of human temporality is shown. Against this background, the theoretical basics of the course of life perspective are outlined and its potential for ethical theory building is discussed. The main focus is on three concepts: aging standards as normative standards for age-appropriate behaviour, stage ideals as evaluative measures for the forming of life periods, as well as time schedules as diachronic schemata of biographical processes. Finally the applicability and limits of such a course of life perspective in ethics are discussed.