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Contemplating friendship in Aristotle's Ethics / Ann Ward.

Author:
Ward, Ann, 1970- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • Albany : State University of New York Press, [2016]
  • ©2016
Description:
x, 172 pages ; 24 cm.
Series:
SUNY series in ancient Greek philosophy. [More in this series]
Summary note:
In this book, Ann Ward explores Aristotle?s Nicomachean Ethics, focusing on the progressive structure of the argument. Aristotle begins by giving an account of moral virtue from the perspective of the moral agent, only to find that the account itself highlights fundamental tensions within the virtues that push the moral agent into the realm of intellectual virtue. However, the existence of an intellectual realm separate from the moral realm can lead to lack of self-restraint. Aristotle, Ward argues, locates political philosophy and the experience of friendship as possible solutions to the problem of lack of self-restraint, since political philosophy thinks about the human things in a universal way, and friendship grounds the pursuit of the good which is happiness understood as contemplation. Ward concludes that Aristotle?s philosophy of friendship points to the embodied intellect of timocratic friends and mothers in their activity of mothering as engaging in the highest form of contemplation and thus living the happiest life.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-164) and index.
Contents:
Contemplating friendship in Aristotle's Ethics -- Teleology, inequality, and autonomy -- Moral virtue: possibilities and limits -- Justice: giving to each what is owed -- Intellectual virtue, Akrasia, and political philosophy -- Citizens, friends, and philosophers -- Happiness and maternal contemplation.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
  • 9781438462677 ((hardcover ; : alk. paper))
  • 1438462670 ((hardcover ; : alk. paper))
  • ((e-book))
LCCN:
2016007293
OCLC:
946968256
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