By Devin Henry, Karen Margrethe Nielsen
This booklet consolidates rising examine on Aristotle's technology and ethics so one can discover the level to which the strategies, tools, and practices he constructed for medical inquiry and rationalization are used to enquire ethical phenomena. every one bankruptcy indicates, another way, that Aristotle's ethics is far extra like a technological know-how than it's commonly represented. The upshot of this is often twofold. First, uncovering the hyperlinks among Aristotle's technology and ethics provides to open up new and leading edge instructions for study into his ethical philosophy. moment, displaying why Aristotle thinks ethics can by no means be totally assimilated to the version of technology can assist shed new mild on his perspectives in regards to the limits of technology. the amount therefore can provide to make an important contribution to our figuring out of the epistemological, metaphysical, and mental foundations of Aristotle's ethics
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Getting the end ﬁrmly in sight 10 11 12 In this dietary example, ‘Bird meats are light’ provides the explanation for why they are healthy. The explanatory syllogism runs ‘Light meats are healthy’; ‘Bird meats are light’; therefore ‘Bird meats are healthy’. ‘We have said that happiness is a certain sort of activity of the soul in accord with virtue, [and hence not a result of fortune]. 1099b26–28). Compare the Nicomachean Ethics to Epictetus’ Encheiridion: Aristotle’s treatise is a contribution to moral theory; Epictetus’ handbook is not.
22 Devin Henry and Karen Margrethe Nielsen function argument is what that function is. What kind of life is proper (idion) to a human being? g. 1). The function argument assumes that there are three candidate forms of life (nutritive, sensory, and rational) corresponding to the three types of soul. And as Aristotle proceeds to isolate the proper function of a human being, one gets the sense that he is moving up a hierarchy from the most general to the most speciﬁc forms of life. All this derives from Aristotle’s natural science (esp.
2). They have led several readers to maintain that Aristotle drives a This chapter was ﬁrst presented as a paper at the workshop entitled ‘Bridging the Gap between Aristotle’s Science and Ethics’ at the University of Western Ontario in March 2009. I wish to thank the participants for their questions and comments, which helped bring some of the themes in the original paper into greater focus, and especially James Allen, Devin Henry, Dennis Klimchuk, Henrik Lagerlund, Mariska Leunissen, Christopher Shields and Charlotte Witt.
Bridging the gap between Aristotle's science and ethics by Devin Henry, Karen Margrethe Nielsen