Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (2):181-201 (2016)

Carlo DaVia
Fordham University
According to many scholars, Aristotle holds that judgments in ethics can hold true only “for the most part”. Such judgments state general claims about ethical life, not specific claims about how to act in a particular situation. These judgments can be either descriptive or prescriptive. When they are descriptive, they hold true “for the most part” insofar as they express observed regularities that occur neither always and necessarily, nor by mere chance. For example, courage is good “for the most part,” except when it causes injury or death ; brave men are fearless “for the most part,” except when in grave danger. When..
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