Aristotle’s Criticism of the Platonic Idea of the Good in Nicomachean Ethics 1.6

Peitho 8 (1):309-342 (2017)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In Nicomachean Ethics 1.6, Aristotle directs his criticism not only against the Platonic Idea of the Good but also against the notion of a universal Good. In this paper, I also examine some of the most interesting aspects of his criticism of the Platonic Good and the universal Good in Eudemian Ethics 1.8. In the EN, after using a series of disputable ontological arguments, Aristotle’s criticism culminates in a strong ethical or rather practical and, simultaneously, epistemological argument, from which a dialectical postulatum emerges. This argument aims to show that we have to discover the dialectical stages or grades which constitute the relation between the ultimate End, i.e., the Good simpliciter or the absolute Good, and the relational goods till the last prakton good in which each specific praxis ends. According to the present reading, Aristotle sets out to establish a kind of Dialectic of the ends or Dialectic of the goods, which puts emphasis on the descent to the specific good, which is appropriate to and cognate with each individual, be that a person, praxis, science or craft. It is also suggested that this might be relevant to Aristotle’s tendency to establish a separation of phronēsis, i.e., practical wisdom, from sophia, i.e., wisdom, in the Nicomachean Ethics.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,480

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The Metaphysics of Goodness in the Ethics of Aristotle.Samuel Baker - 2017 - Philosophical Studies 174 (7):1839-1856.
Notes on Nicomachean Ethics 1173 a 2–5.Grönroos Gösta - 2016 - Classical Quarterly 66 (2):484–490.
Aristotle's Theory of Friendship.Michael Pakaluk - 1988 - Dissertation, Harvard University
Plato V. Aristotle: Is the Form of the Good Relevant to Ethics?David Joseph Yount - 1998 - Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison
Aristotelian Ethics is a Theoretical Science.Glenn G. Pajares - 2013 - Iamure International Journal of Literature, Philosophy and Religion 3 (1).
The Carpenter and the Good.Rachel Barney - 2008 - In D. Cairns, F. G. Herrmann & T. Penner (eds.), Pursuing the Good: Ethics and Metaphysics in Plato's Republic. University of Edinburgh.
The Desire for Good in Plato and Aristotle.Mariana Demetra Anagnostopoulos - 2001 - Dissertation, University of California, Irvine

Analytics

Added to PP
2019-12-06

Downloads
14 (#725,396)

6 months
1 (#417,896)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?