The Reception of Aristotle's Ethics

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-28
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Aristotle's ethics are the most important in the history of Western philosophy, but little has been said about the reception of his ethics by his many successors. The present volume offers thirteen newly commissioned essays covering figures and periods from the ancient world, starting with the impact of the ethics on Hellenistic philosophy, taking in medieval, Jewish and Islamic reception and extending as far as Kant and the twentieth century. Each essay focuses on a single philosopher, school of philosophers, or philosophical era. The accounts examine and compare Aristotle's views and those of his heirs and also offer a reception history of the ethics, dealing with matters such as the availability and circulation of Aristotle's texts during the periods in question. The resulting volume will be a valuable source of information and arguments for anyone working in the history of ethics.

Table of Contents

The Nicomachean Ethics in Hellenistic philosophy: a hidden treasure?
The transformation of Aristotle's ethics in Roman philosophy
Aristotelian ethics in Plotinus
St Augustine's appropriation and transformation of Aristotelian eudaimonia
The Arabic and Islamic reception of the Nicomachean Ethics
Maimonides' appropriation of Aristotle's ethics
The relation of prudence and synderesis to happiness in the medieval commentaries on Aristotle's ethics
Using Seneca to read Aristotle: the curious methods of Buridan's ethics
Aristotle's ethics in the Renaissance
The end of ends? Aristotelian themes in early modern ethics
Affective conflict and virtue: Hume's answer to Aristotle
Aristotle and Kant on ethics
The fall and rise of Aristotelian ethics in Anglo-American moral philosophy: nineteenth and twentieth century
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