Aristotle's <EM>Ethics</EM> and Moral Responsibility

Aristotle's Ethics and Moral Responsibility

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Dr Javier Echeñique
Cambridge University Press, 2012-05-31
EAN 9781107021587, ISBN10: 1107021588

Hardcover, 218 pages, 22.9 x 15.7 x 2 cm

Aristotle's Ethics develops a complex theory of the qualities which make for a good human being and for several decades there has been intense discussion about whether Aristotle's theory of voluntariness, outlined in the Ethics, actually delineates what modern thinkers would recognize as a theory of moral responsibility. Javier Echeñique presents a novel account of Aristotle's discussion of voluntariness in the Ethics, arguing - against the interpretation by Arthur Adkins and that inspired by Peter Strawson - that he developed an original and compelling theory of moral responsibility and that this theory has contributed in important ways to our understanding of coercion, ignorance and violence. His study will be valuable for a wide range of readers interested in Aristotle and in ancient ethics more broadly.

Advance praise: 'This historically and philosophically meticulous study of Aristotle on the voluntary argues that his view is 'voluntariness as attributability, not as accountability'. The book is a considerable achievement, and a real and serious addition to the literature in the area.' Timothy Chappell, Open University