Aristotle on Moral Responsibility
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Aristotle on Moral Responsibility Character and Cause (Issues in Ancient Philosophy, 3) by Susan Sauve Meyer

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Published by Blackwell Publishers .
Written in English


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Number of Pages216
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Open LibraryOL7609114M
ISBN 100631185275
ISBN 109780631185277

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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 : Javier Echeñique. This is a reissue, with new introduction, of Susan Sauve Meyer's book, in which she presents a comprehensive examination of Aristotle's accounts of voluntariness in the Eudemian and Nicomachean Ethics. She makes the case that these constitute a theory of moral responsibility--albeit one with important differences from modern theories. Shareable Link. Use the link below to share a full-text version of this article with your friends and colleagues. Learn : Marcia L. Homiak.   Does Aristotle have a conception of moral responsibility? A prominent feature of his treatment of the virtues of character, in both ethical treatises, is an extended account of voluntariness. He announces the topic by noting that praise and blame are directed at what is voluntary, and that voluntary agents are the cause (aitios) or origin (archê) of their actions (EE b15–29; EN Author: Susan Sauvé Meyer.

2 Aristotle’s Conception of Moral Responsibility 3 3 Outline by Chapters 5 4 Assumptions about Aristotle’s Texts 8 5 Ordinary Notions of Hekousion and Akousion 9 1 Moral Responsibility and Moral Character 17 1 Moral Responsibility and Moral Agency 17 2 Virtue and Vice of Character 19 3 Rationality and Morality 24 4 The Scope of Moral Agency. The Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle's most important study of personal morality and the ends of human life, has for many centuries been a widely-read and influential book. Though written more than 2, years ago, it offers the modern reader many valuable insights into human needs and conduct. Aristotle then ends this discussion of voluntary, involuntary and non-voluntary actions with one final thought on moral responsibility. He claims that voluntary actions must be those whereupon the initiative lies within the agent performing the action, even if that initiative be the baser passions or appetites. For this reason, Aristotle maintains that, to be a moral agent, a person must have acquired correct moral upbringing. This can be why Aristotle called his book Nichomachian Ethics: his .

Aristotle identifies ethical virtue as "a habit, disposed toward action by deliberate choice, being at the mean relative to us, and defined by reason as a prudent man would define it" (a). A crucial distinction exists between being virtuous and acting virtuously. To qualify as virtuous, one must not merely act virtuously, but also know he. An Anatomy of Moral Responsibility. Matthew Braham & Martin van Hees - - Mind () - Aristotle on Moral Responsibility: Character and Cause. ARISTOTLE, DETERMINISM, AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY by JENNIFER DAIGLE Under the Direction of Jessica Berry, PhD and Tim O͜Keefe, PhD ABSTRACT Aristotle says that we are responsible (αἴʐιοι) for our voluntary actions and character. ut there͜s a question about whether he thinks we are morally responsible and, if so, what he. Summary and Analysis Book III: Analysis for Book III Before giving an account of specific virtues included in the moral life Aristotle discusses a number of questions having to do with the nature of a moral act and the degree to which a person is responsible for what he does.