Aristotle's Virtue Ethics & Natural Law Theory: Contextualizing Passages from Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics Cited as Support for Natural Law Theory

Author/​Artist
Cadiz, Victoria [Browse]
Format
Senior thesis
Language
English
Description
85 pages

Details

Advisor(s)
Morison, Benjamin [Browse]
Department
Princeton University. Department of Philosophy [Browse]
Class year
2013
Restrictions note
Walk-in Access. This thesis can only be viewed on computer terminals at the Mudd Manuscript Library.
Summary note
Since Aquinas' writings in the 13th century, natural law theorists have attributed natural law theory to Aristotle to varying degrees, citing specific passages in his Nicomachean Ethics. This thesis highlights the flaws and misinterpretations present in the natural law theorists' reading of Aristotle and concludes by rejecting the claim that Aristotle's ethical system - known as virtue ethics - supports natural law theory, though the two are not necessarily incompatible.

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