The Virtue of Aristotle's Ethics

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Overview

While Aristotle’s account of the happy life continues to receive attention, many of his claims about virtue of character seem so puzzling that modern philosophers have often discarded them, or have reworked them to fit more familiar theories that do not make virtue of character central. In this book, Paula Gottlieb takes a fresh look at Aristotle’s claims, particularly the much-maligned doctrine of the mean. She shows how they form a thought-provoking ethic of virtue, one that deserves to be developed and refined. The first part of the book addresses the nature of virtue and the virtues, illuminated by the doctrine of the mean. Building on the conclusions of this analysis, the second part explains the mentality of the good person and the type of society that will allow such a person to flourish.
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"The Virtue of Aristotle's Ethics is a well-written, clearly argued, and consistently interesting contribution to the literature on Aristotle's ethics. It sheds useful light on a wide range of important topics, charitably engages the work of other scholars, and capably defends the viability of Aristotle's ethical theory. Whether they are looking only for discussions of specific topics, or for a fuller defense of the doctrine of the mean, scholars of Aristotle's ethical and political thought will find Gottlieb's book worthwhile."
--BMCR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521761765
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Gottlieb is Professor of Philosophy and Affiliate Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was educated at Oxford and Cornell. The author of an analysis and commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics I and II for Project Archelogos, she has received fellowships from the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, DC, and the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Ethical Virtue: 1. Virtue in the mean; 2. Nameless virtues; 3. The non-remedial nature of the virtues; 4. Listing the virtues; 5. Uniting the virtues; Part II. Ethical Reasoning: 6. Moral dilemmas; 7. Fine motivation; 8. The practical syllogism; 9. What the good person has to know; 10. A polis for Aristotle's virtues.
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