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Bridging the Gap between Aristotle's Science and Ethics

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This book consolidates emerging research on Aristotle's science and ethics in order to explore the extent to which the concepts, methods, and practices he developed for scientific inquiry and explanation are used to investigate moral phenomena. Each chapter shows, in a different way, that Aristotle's ethics is much more like a science than it is typically represented. The upshot of this is twofold. First, uncovering the links between Aristotle's science and ethics promises to open up new and innovative directions for research into his moral philosophy. Second, showing why Aristotle thinks ethics can never be fully assimilated to the model of science will help shed new light on his views about the limits of science. The volume thus promises to make a significant contribution to our understanding of the epistemological, metaphysical, and psychological foundations of Aristotle's ethics.

• Consolidates emerging research on Aristotle's science and ethics, thereby opening up new and innovative directions for research into Aristotle's moral philosophy • Deals with perennial issues in moral philosophy • Offers readers cutting edge interpretations by leading scholars in a manner accessible to a wide variety of scholars and students

Contents

Part I. Ethical First Principles: 1. Aristotle on principles in ethics: political science as the science of the human good Karen Margrethe Nielsen; 2. Practical and theoretical knowledge in Aristotle James V. Allen; 3. Aristotle on practical and theoretical knowledge David Charles; 4. Virtue and reason in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics Mary Louise Gill; Part II. Enquiry and Explanation: 5. Endoxa, facts, and the starting points of the Nichomachean Ethics Joseph Karbowski; 6. Scientific and ethical methods in Aristotle's Eudemian and Nicomachean Ethics Daniel Devereux; 7. The search for definitions of justice in Nichomachean Ethics 5 Carlo Natali; 8. Holding for the most part: the demonstrability of moral facts Devin Henry; Part III. Ethics and the Natural Sciences: 9. Aristotle on the biological roots of virtue: the natural history of natural virtue James G. Lennox; 10. Aristotle on knowing natural science for the sake of living well Mariska Leunissen; 11. The science of soul in Aristotle's Ethics Christopher Shields; 12. Luck in Aristotle's Physics and Ethics Monte Ransome Johnson; 13. 'As if by convention alone': the unstable ontology of Aristotle's Ethics Charlotte Witt.

Contributors

Karen Margrethe Nielsen, James V. Allen, David Charles, Mary Louise Gill, Joseph Karbowski, Daniel Devereux, Carlo Natali, Devin Henry, James G. Lennox, Mariska Leunissen, Christopher Shields, Monte Ransome Johnson, Charlotte Witt

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