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Bridging the gap between Aristotle's science and ethics by Devin Henry, Karen Margrethe Nielsen

By Devin Henry, Karen Margrethe Nielsen

This booklet consolidates rising learn on Aristotle's technological know-how and ethics with the intention to discover the level to which the strategies, tools, and practices he constructed for medical inquiry and clarification are used to enquire ethical phenomena. every one bankruptcy exhibits, differently, that Aristotle's ethics is way extra like a technology than it truly is commonly represented. The upshot of this is often twofold. First, uncovering the hyperlinks among Aristotle's technology and ethics grants to open up new and cutting edge instructions for learn into his ethical philosophy. moment, displaying why Aristotle thinks ethics can by no means be absolutely assimilated to the version of technology can assist shed new mild on his perspectives in regards to the limits of technological know-how. the quantity hence provides to make an important contribution to our knowing of the epistemological, metaphysical, and mental foundations of Aristotle's ethics

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1140a33–1140b4). But though prudence is not the same as science, since its end is acting well itself, it nevertheless presupposes a science, namely the science of politics. The judge therefore rectifies the deficiency in the unqualified rule through his judgments. Aristotle adds: ‘This is also the reason why not everything is guided by law. For on some matters legislation is impossible, and so a decree is needed.

6, he notes that knowledge of the ‘good itself’ is neither possible nor helpful. It is not possible, since ‘good’ is used homonymously in different categories of being (see his warning in APo. 13, discussed above). It is not helpful, since if, per impossibile, we could attain knowledge of the good itself it would not have improved our expertise in individual sciences. Aristotle on principles in ethics 39 Because the mode of enquiry mirrors the nature of the subject matter, Aristotle rejects Plato’s presumption in favour of one model of science.

10). He is not concerned with the properties of this triangle or that triangle; these are coincidental to it qua triangle. Since first principles in mathematics are rules that hold without exception, mathematicians never qualify claims about their subject matter by stating that such relationships obtain ‘usually’ (hôs epi to polu), ‘for the most part’ (hôs epi to pleon) or ‘unless something impedes it’ (an mê ti empodisê), as the 2 3 4 Aristotle’s example is the way in which the carpenter and the geometer study the right angle.

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