Ethics with Aristotle / Edition 1

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This is a close and comprehensive study of the main themes of Aristole's ethics. Sarah Broadie concentrates on what he has to teach about happiness, virtue, voluntary agency, practical reason, incontinence, pleasure, and the place of theoria in the best life. Never forgetting that ethics for Aristotle is above all a practical enterprise, she sheds new light on ways in which this practical orientation affects both content and method of his inquiry. The book culminates in a sustained argument showing how even Aristotle's ideal of theoretic contemplation is integral to his essentially practical vision of human nature. Ethics with Aristotle is a major contribution toward the further understanding of Aristotle's ethics.
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"An ideal balance: philosophical substance and scholarly apparatus for advanced undergraduates; comprehensive plan (and Aristotle!) for introductory level study."—Don Asselin, Hillsdale College

"Broadie has a knack for engaging the reader in Aristotle's problematic. Her style is lucid and intelligent. A valuable book for students or scholars in the field."—Leonard W. Ortmann, Conception Seminary College

"A splendid in-depth treatment....Because of the book's wide scope, and the philosophical depth and originality of its author, Ethics with Aristotle deserves to be recognized as one of the best and most important works on Aristotle's moral philosophy written in recent decades."—Ethics

"This is a book from which anyone can learn a great deal about ethics and about Aristotle....It is clearly one of the two best books on Aristotle's ethics to appear in recent years."—New England Classical Newsletter & Journal

"Magisterial....A powerful set of insights about how to read Aristotle's ethics and many suggestive ideas about how to do ethics with Aristotle."—Mind

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195085600
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.22 (d)

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University of St. Andrews
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Happiness, the Supreme End 3
I. Presuppositions of the Question 3
II. The Statesman's Objective 8
III. Method and Starting Points 17
IV. What is Happiness? 24
V. Happiness Defined 34
VI. Taking Stock of the Definition 41
VII. On the Other Goods and the Scope of 'Happiness' 50
Chapter 2. Virtues and Parts of the Soul 57
I. Why an Ethics of Virtue? 57
II. Division of the Soul (I) 61
III. Division of the Soul (II) 67
IV. Preliminaries on the Development of Virtue 72
V. Virtue of Character and the Orthos Logos 74
VI. 'A Prohairetic State' 78
VII. Conditions of Virtuous Action 82
VIII. 'With Pleasure' and 'for the Sake of the Noble' 90
IX. The Status of the Mean 95
X. How We Learn to Be Good 103
XI. A Basis for Justice 110
Chapter 3. The Voluntary 124
I. General Perspectives 124
II. Strains in 'the Voluntary' 132
III. Excuses and Nonexcuses 142
IV. 'It Depends on Him' 149
V. Character as Voluntary (I) 159
VI. Character as Voluntary (II) 164
Chapter 4. Practical Wisdom 179
I. The Structure of Rational Choice 179
II. The Purpose of NE Book VI 185
III. Probing the Craft Analogy 190
IV. Against the 'Grand End' View 198
V. Practice and Production 202
VI. Thought and Desire in Rational Choice 212
VII. 'Practical Truth' 219
VIII. The Works of Reason 225
IX. End and Means in Deliberation 232
X. Character and Intelligence in Deliberation (I) 242
XI. Character and Intelligence in Deliberation (II) 250
Chapter 5. Incontinence 266
I. The Field of Incontinence 266
II. How Incontinence Is Possible (I) 274
III. How Incontinence Is Possible (II) 280
IV. Incontinent Ignorance 287
V. Essential Features and Contingent Manifestations 292
VI. Aristotle's Analysis 297
Chapter 6. Pleasure 313
I. Why the Investigation of Pleasure? 313
II. Pleasure and Natural Inclination 320
III. The Challenge of Neutralism 324
IV. Pleasure as Value-Judgment 331
V. Against the Process Theory 339
VI. Nature, Pleasure and Reason 346
VII. The Limits of Hedonism 353
Chapter 7. Aristotle's Values 366
I. New Directions from Old 366
II. The Problem 370
III. Goods and Ends in the Eudemian Ethics 373
IV. Theoria in the Eudemian Ethics 383
V. A Sketch of the Nicomachean Position 388
VI. The Need to Justify Theoria 392
VII. Divine Activity versus Human Happiness 398
VIII. Living like the Gods 408
IX. The Crown of Happiness 412
X. Leisure, Pleasure and Serious Activities 419
XI. The Best Life 427
Works Cited 439
Texts of Aristotle 439
Other Works 439
Name Index 445
Subject Index 449
Index Locorum Aristotelis 453
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