Aristotle's Ethics and Moral Responsibility

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Cambridge University Press, May 31, 2012 - History - 209 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Against the Strawsonian interpretation
19
Aristotle on ethical ascription
55
THE DEFEATERS OF ETHICAL ASCRIPTION
87
the Etbien Euaemia
112
the Etbien
134
Factual error and the source of blame
148
The pain condition
173
Bibliography
199
Index
207
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Javier Echeñique is an Associate Professor at the Centre of Classical Studies (UMCE) in Chile and a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, Universidad de Chile. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, an MPhil in Philosophy from King's College London and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews.

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