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Author Hughes, Gerard J.

Title Routledge philosophy guidebook to Aristotle on ethics / Gerald J. Hughes.

Published New York : Routledge, 2001.

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 UniM Bail  171.3 ARIS/ HUGH    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 238 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Routledge philosophy guidebooks.
Routledge philosophy guidebooks.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1 Aristotle's life and work 1 -- An outline of his life and times 1 -- His works and philosophical background 4 -- 2 Style, structure and aim of the Ethics 9 -- Nicomachaean Ethics 9 -- Aristotle's aim in writing the Ethics 13 -- Aristotle's Preface (1): Why do we do anything at all? 14 -- Aristotle's Preface (2): Realistic expectations 16 -- Aristotle's Preface (3): Suitable students 17 -- 3 Fulfilled life 21 -- Meanings of eudaimonia and arete 22 -- Fulfilled lives? 24 -- A central problem: 'Dominant' or 'Inclusive'? 27 -- Two further agreed characteristics of eudaimonia 31 -- Background: Aristotle's views on the human soul 33 -- Function Argument 36 -- Theoria and being a good citizen 45 -- 4 Moral virtues and moral training 53 -- Definition of moral virtue 54 -- Moral training 70 -- 5 Practical wisdom 83 -- Overview of the issues 84 -- Practical wisdom and theoretical ability 87 -- Is practical wisdom like other practical skills? 88 -- Practical wisdom: about means or about ends? 94 -- Practical wisdom and moral virtue 106 -- Unity of the virtues 109 -- Is Aristotle's account defensible? 112 -- 6 Responsibility 117 -- 'Acting willingly': sorting out common opinions 118 -- Moral conclusions: the best index of character 129 -- Responsibility for one's character 133 -- Decisions and freedom 137 -- Additional note on 'wanting' 142 -- 7 Moral failure 145 -- Why is moral failure problematic? 145 -- Aristotle's solution: one interpretation 148 -- A more detailed defence 154 -- 8 Relationships with others 167 -- Aristotelian relationships 168 -- Is Aristotle an ethical egoist? 172 -- Flexibility, relationships and justice 179 -- 9 Pleasure and the good life 183 -- Issues as they appeared to Aristotle 185 -- Aristotle's comments on the moral arguments 188 -- Argument from opposites 190 -- Aristotle's own view: arguments and problems 194 -- Are some pleasures not really pleasures? 199 -- Is the fulfilled life enjoyable? 205 -- 10 Aristotle's moral world and ours 211 -- Culture: acceptance and criticism 211 -- Virtues and principles 218.
Summary Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics is one of the key texts of European civilization. In it, a great philosopher surveys the moral virus of his contemporaries in a way that is at once sympathetic and critical.
Hughes explains the key elements in Aristotle's Ethics terminology and highlights the controversy regarding the interpretations of his writings. He carefully explores each section of the text, and presents a detailed account of the problems Aristotle was trying to address. Hughes also examines the role that Aristotle's ethics continue to play in contemporary moral philosophy by comparing and contrasting his views with those widely held today.
Subject Aristotle. Nicomachean ethics.
Variant Title Aristotle on ethics.
ISBN 0415221862
0415221870 (paperback)