Aristotle's Ethics and Moral Responsibility

Aristotle's Ethics and Moral Responsibility

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Javier Echeñique
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reprint, 2/12/2015
EAN 9781107499652, ISBN10: 1107499658

Paperback, 218 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
Language: English

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.

1. Against the Strawsonian interpretation
the negative argument
2. Aristotle on ethical ascription
the positive argument
3. The definitions of violence
4. Coercion as justification and excuse 1
the Ethica Eudemia
5. Coercion as justification and excuse 2
the Ethica Nicomachea
6. Factual error and the source of blame
7. The pain condition.