Found in Translation: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics 3.5, 1113b7-8 and its Reception

Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 45:103-148 (2013)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

ABSTRACT: This paper is distinctly odd. It demonstrates what happens when an analytical philosopher and historian of philosophy tries their hand at the topic of reception. For a novice to this genre, it seemed advisable to start small. Rather than researching the reception of an author, book, chapter, section or paragraph, the focus of the paper is on one sentence: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics 3.5, 1113b7-8. This sentence has markedly shaped scholarly and general opinion alike with regard to Aristotle’s theory of free will. In addition, it has taken on a curious life of its own. Part one of the paper examines the text itself. Part two explores its reception from antiquity to the present day, including present-day popular culture, later ancient, Byzantine, Arabic, Latin Medieval, Renaissance, Victorian and contemporary scholarship. There are some surprises on the way. (The paper also serves as an introduction to the reception of the Nicomachean Ethics from its beginnings to the present.)

Similar books and articles

Particularism in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.Uri D. Leibowitz - 2013 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 10 (2):121-147.
Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.Kenneth A. Telford (ed.) - 1999 - State University of New York Press.

Analytics

Added to PP
2013-12-08

Downloads
1,143 (#5,678)

6 months
73 (#11,085)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Susanne Bobzien
Oxford University

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Aristotle and Kierkegaard's Existential Ethics.George J. Stack - 1974 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 12 (1):1-19.

Add more references