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Aristotle on the Sources of the Ethical Life

Sylvia Berryman


This work challenges the common belief that Aristotle’s virtue ethics is founded on an appeal to human nature, an appeal that is thought to be intended to provide both substantive ethical advice and justification for the demands of ethics. It is argued that it is not Aristotle’s intent, but the view is resisted that Aristotle was blind to questions of the source or justification of his ethical views. Aristotle’s views are interpreted as a ‘middle way’ between the metaphysical grounding offered by Platonists and the scepticism or subjectivist alternatives articulated by others. The commitments ... More

Keywords: Aristotle’s ethics, Nicomachean Ethics, ethical naturalism, constructivism, virtue ethics, action

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198835004
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198835004.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sylvia Berryman, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, The University of British Columbia