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The Virtue of Aristotle's Ethics
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Paula Gottlieb (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
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The Virtue of Aristotle's Ethics

Paula Gottlieb (University of Wisconsin, Madison)


9780521369992

Cambridge University Press


Philosophy;
Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500;
Ethics & moral philosophy


Paperback

262 pages

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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.

By:   Paula Gottlieb (University of Wisconsin Madison)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9780521369992
ISBN 10:   0521369991
Pages:   262
Publication Date:   July 2011
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.


Review of the hardback: '... 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.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review 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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