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Moral Psychology and Human Action in Aristotle

Michael Pakaluk and Giles Pearson


The book represents state-of-the-art thought about moral psychology and philosophy of action in Aristotle, considered as a prelude to or basis for ethics. Drawing not only from Aristotle's ethical writings, but also from his psychological works, the chapters discuss such issues as the nature of pleasure, the relationship between pleasure and emotion, the role of desire and imagination, deliberation about ends, weakness of will, intention and double effect, and the formation of character through education and the agent's own choices.

Keywords: moral psychology, action, pleasure, emotion, desire, imagination, deliberation, choice, weakness of will, Aristotle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199546541
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546541.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Pakaluk, editor
Ave Maria University and Institute for the Psychological Sciences
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Giles Pearson, editor
University of Bristol
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