By Otfried Hoffe
Someone drawn to theories of ethical or human perform will locate in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics one of many few easy versions proper via to at the present time. on the centre of his research, either sober and wary, are such suggestions as happiness, advantage, selection, prudence, incontinence, excitement and friendship. Aristotle's arguments are on no account of purely ancient curiosity, yet proceed to exert a key impact on present-day moral debate. The 13 contributions during this quantity current the principles of Aristotle's research, besides the fashionable heritage of its reception.
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Article “Praktische Philosophie”, in Staatslexikon, vol. , ed. GörresGesellschaft, Freiburg i. Br. / Basel / Vienna. Jaeger, W. 2 / , Paideia II–III, Berlin. Kurz, D. , Akribeia, Göppingen. L. , “Tithenai ta Phainomena”, in Barnes, G. / Schofield, M. / Sorabji, R. ), Articles on Aristotle, Vol. : Science, London, –. C. , Practices of Reason, Oxford. ethics as practical philosophy Ritter, J. , “ ‘Politik’ und ‘Ethik’ in der politischen Philosophie des Aristoteles”, in idem, Metaphysik und Politik, Frankfurt a.
The negative thesis here should also pertain: those who have lived only according to their passions do not know that there are such things as virtues. The positive thesis—a firm position in a life governed by reason or virtue—might on the other hand be too strong; for as Aristotle says in the discussion of incontinence (akrasia: cf. Robinson, Chapter Nine, below), there are individuals who are aware of virtue and yet do not act according to it. What then does a practical philosophy really achieve?
Sherman, N. , The Fabric of Character. Aristotle’s Theory of Virtue, Oxford. M. ), , St Thomae Aquinatis in decem libros Aristotelis ad Nicomachum exposito, Rome. Teichmüller, G. , Die praktische Vernunft bei Aristoteles. Neue Studien zur Geschichte der Begriffe III, Gotha (re-issued Hildesheim ). 1–5 [1–3] AND 7–8 [5–6]) John L. Ackrill Like most great philosophical works Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics raises more questions than it answers. Two central issues as to which it is not even quite clear what Aristotle’s view really is are, first, what is the criterion of right action and of moral virtue?