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Aristotle on Practical Truth

Christiana Olfert


Aristotle’s theories of truth, practical reasoning, and action are some of the most influential theories in the history of philosophy. It is surprising, then, that so little attention has been given to his notion of practical truth. In Aristotle on Practical Truth, C. M. M. Olfert gives the first book-length treatment of this notion and the role of truth in our practical lives overall. She offers a novel account of practical truth: it is the truth, in the technical Aristotelian sense of “truth,” about what is good simpliciter (haplôs) for a particular person in her particular situation. Olfert ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, Plato, practical reason, practical truth, action, ethics, truth, Nicomachean Ethics, philosophy, Ancient Greek

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190281007
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190281007.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christiana Olfert, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University