Virtue Ethics in the Middle Ages: Commentaries on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, 1200 -1500

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István Pieter Bejczy
BRILL, 2008 - History - 374 pages
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Ever since its rediscovery in the thirteenth century, Aristotle s Nicomachean Ethics has figured as a prime model of philosophical ethics in Western moral thought. This collection of articles for the first time surveys the medieval tradition of commentaries on the work from its origins to the fifteenth century. The twelve articles concentrate on the moral and intellectual virtues around which Aristotle s ethic revolves and in many cases compare the discussion of the virtues in the medieval commentaries with contemporary theological debate. Taken together, the articles show the diverse and surprisingly creative ways in which medieval intellectuals during three centuries combined widely diverging currents of ancient and Christian moral thought in order to formulate a philosophical ethic suitable to their times.Contributors include: István P. Bejczy, Pavel Bla ek, Valeria A. Buffon, Iacopo Costa, Christoph Flüeler, Tobias Hoffmann, Roberto Lambertini, Jörn Müller, Matthias Perkams, Marco Toste, Martin J. Tracey, and Irene Zavattero.
 

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Contents

The Structure of the Soul Intellectual Virtues and the Ethical
13
Moral and Intellectual Virtues in the Earliest Latin
31
Virtus in the Naples Commentary on the Ethica nova MS Naples
55
The Virtue of Courage in the Writings
77
Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas on Magnanimity
101
Aquinass Interpretation of the Aristotelian Virtue of Justice
131
Heroic Virtue in the Commentary Tradition on the Nicomachean
153
The Reception of the Aristotelian
173
The Cardinal Virtues in Medieval Commentaries on
199
Political Prudence in Some Medieval Commentaries on the Sixth
223
TheAristotelianChallenge
247
The Making of
277
Bibliography
347
Index of Manuscripts
369
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István P. Bejczy, Ph.D. (1994) in History, has published widely on medieval culture (including La Lettre du Prętre Jean, 2001) and Renaissance humanism (including Erasmus and the Middle Ages, 2001).

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