Goodness and Justice: Plato, Aristotle and the Moderns / Edition 1

Goodness and Justice: Plato, Aristotle and the Moderns / Edition 1

by Gerasimos Santas
     
 

This volume explores Plato's and Aristotle's theories about good things, goodness, and the best life for human beings, and draws comparisons between ancient and modern theories of good and justice.

Goodness and Justice argues that goodness was the most fundamental normative concept in the ethics of Plato and Aristotle, and illustrates how they used their

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Overview

This volume explores Plato's and Aristotle's theories about good things, goodness, and the best life for human beings, and draws comparisons between ancient and modern theories of good and justice.

Goodness and Justice argues that goodness was the most fundamental normative concept in the ethics of Plato and Aristotle, and illustrates how they used their functional and formal theories of good to build their theories of virtue, justice, and happiness. It also shows that they fought subjective theories of good as desire satisfaction and good as pleasure, in favor of what they thought was a more objective concept of good found in form and function.

The comparisons with the moderns illuminate the merits and limits of ancient and modern ethical theories and place them within a broad philosophical and historical context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631172598
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.12(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2The Socratic Good of Knowledge18
3The Good of Platonic Social Justice58
4The Good of Justice in our Souls111
5Plato's Metaphysical Theory of the Form of the Good167
6Aristotle's Criticism of Plato's Form of the Good194
7The Good of Desire, of Function, and of Pleasure224
8The Good of Character and of Justice259
Bibliography290
Index297

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