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Ethics Through History: An Introduction

Terence Irwin


This book is a selective discussion of the tradition in moral philosophy that runs from Socrates to the present. The main themes: (1) Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, and the Stoics take different positions in debates the relation between morality (including right action and the character of virtuous agents) and the human good. Aquinas’ version of an Aristotelian view identifies the human good with the fulfilment of human nature and capacities in a just society. These facts about the human good can be discovered by rational reflexion on human nature and human needs. (2) These views both about the c ... More

Keywords: ethics, history, right, good, reason

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780199603701
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199603701.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terence Irwin, author
Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy, University of Oxford