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Aristotle on Moral Responsibility: Character and Cause

Susan Sauvé Meyer


This book presents an examination of Aristotle's accounts of voluntariness in the Eudemian and Nicomachean Ethics. It makes the case that these constitute a theory of moral responsibility — albeit one with important differences from modern theories. Highlights of the discussion include a reconstruction of the dialectical argument in the Eudemian Ethics II 6-9, and a demonstration that the definitions of ‘voluntary’ and ‘involuntary’ in Nicomachean Ethics III 1 are the culmination of that argument. By identifying the paradigms of voluntariness and involuntariness that Aristotle begins with and ... More

Keywords: Eudemian, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle, responsible agency, causality, moral responsibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199697427
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697427.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Sauvé Meyer, author
University of Pennsylvania