David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Moral Philosophy 10 (2):121-147 (2011)
In this essay I offer a new particularist reading of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. I argue that the interpretation I present not only helps us to resolve some puzzles about Aristotle’s goals and methods, but it also gives rise to a novel account of morality—an account that is both interesting and plausible in its own right. The goal of this paper is, in part, exegetical—that is, to figure out how to best understand the text of the Nicomachean Ethics. But this paper also aims to contribute to the current exciting and controversial debate over particularism. By taking the first steps towards a comprehensive particularist reading of Aristotle’s Ethics I hope to demonstrate that some of the mistrust of particularism is misplaces and that what is, perhaps, the most influential moral theory in the history of philosophy is, arguably, a particularist moral theory.
|Keywords||Aristotle Particularism Generalism Virtue Ethics Nicomachean Ethics Doctrine of the Mean|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Frank Jackson, Philip Pettit & Michael Smith (2000). Ethical Particularism and Patterns. In Brad Hooker & Margaret Olivia Little (eds.), Moral Particularism. Oxford University Press 79--99.
Mark Lance & Margaret Little (2007). Where the Laws Are. Oxford Studies in Metaethics 2:149-171.
David Pears (1980). Courage as a Mean. In Amélie Oksenberg Rorty (ed.), Essays on Aristotle's Ethics. University of California Press 171--187.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Aristotle (2006). Nicomachean Ethics. Oxford University Press, USA.
Jon Miller (ed.) (2011). Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: A Critical Guide. Cambridge University Press.
Pekka Väyrynen (2011). Moral Particularism. In Christian B. Miller (ed.), The Continuum Companion to Ethics. Continuum 478-483.
Gianluca di Muzio (2008). Aristotle's Alleged Moral Determinism in the Nicoachean Ethics. Journal of Philosophical Research 33:19-32.
Gabriel Richardson Lear (2005). Happy Lives and the Highest Good: An Essay on Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics". Princeton University Press.
Added to index2011-07-03
Total downloads660 ( #1,243 of 1,934,456 )
Recent downloads (6 months)64 ( #7,527 of 1,934,456 )
How can I increase my downloads?