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Virtue and Reason in Plato and Aristotle

A.W. Price


This book discusses the views of Plato and Aristotle in four related areas: eudaimonia, or living and acting well, as the ultimate end of action; virtues of character in relation to the emotions, and to one another; practical reasoning, especially from an end to ways or means; acrasia, or action that is contrary to the agent’s own judgement of what is best. The focal concept is that of eudaimonia, which both Plato and Aristotle view as an abstract goal that is valuable enough to motivate action. Virtue has a double role to play in making its achievement possible, both in proposing subordinate ... More

Keywords: Plato, Aristotle, eudaimonia, action, virtue, emotion, reason, reasoning, practical, knowledge, acrasia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199609611
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609611.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A.W. Price, author
Birkbeck College, University of London