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The Impossibility of Perfection: Aristotle, Feminism, and the Complexities of Ethics

Michael Slote


Most people think that the difficulty of balancing career and personal/family relationships is the fault of present‐day society or is due to their own inadequacies. But in this major new book, eminent moral philosopher Michael Slote argues that the difficulty runs much deeper, that it is due to the essential nature of the divergent goods involved in this kind of choice. He shows more generally that perfect virtue and perfect human happiness are impossible in principle, a view originally enunciated by Isaiah Berlin, but much more thoroughly and synoptically defended here than ever before. Ancie ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, care ethics, Enlightenment, feminism, Isaiah Berlin, partial values, perfection, personal good(s), Romanticism, virtue(s)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199790821
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Slote, author
University of Miami