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Bridging the Gap between Aristotle's Science and Ethics


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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  • Date Published: May 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107010369

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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
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    • Date Published: May 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107010369
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 285 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of 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.

  • Editors

    Devin Henry, University of Western Ontario
    Devin Henry is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of several articles on topics in Aristotle's philosophy of science (including classification, teleology, inheritance, and sexism) as well as Plato's late epistemology. His work has appeared in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, The Monist, Phronesis, and The Journal of the History of Biology, as well as part of various collected volumes.

    Karen Margrethe Nielsen, University of Oxford
    Karen Margrethe Nielsen is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Somerville College. She has published articles on topics ranging from the discovery of the will in antiquity, Aristotle's theory of deliberation, the Hellenistic reception of Aristotle's ethics, the unity and simplicity of soul in Plato's Phaedo, and Aristotle's reproductive biology. Her articles have appeared in The Philosophical Review, Classical Quarterly, Phronesis, and Antiquorum Philosophia, in addition to a number of edited volumes.


    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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