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The Reception of Aristotle's Ethics

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Jon Miller, Karen Margrethe Nielsen, Christopher Gill, Dominic J. O'Meara, Michael W. Tkacz, Anna Akasoy, Kenneth Seeskin, Anthony Celano, Jack Zupko, David Lines, Donald Rutherford, Kate Abramson, Manfred Kuehn, Jennifer Welchman
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  • Date Published: July 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107540934

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  • Aristotle's ethics are the most important in the history of Western philosophy, but little has been said about the reception of his ethics by his many successors. The present volume offers thirteen newly commissioned essays covering figures and periods from the ancient world, starting with the impact of the ethics on Hellenistic philosophy, taking in medieval, Jewish and Islamic reception and extending as far as Kant and the twentieth century. Each essay focuses on a single philosopher, school of philosophers, or philosophical era. The accounts examine and compare Aristotle's views and those of his heirs and also offer a reception history of the ethics, dealing with matters such as the availability and circulation of Aristotle's texts during the periods in question. The resulting volume will be a valuable source of information and arguments for anyone working in the history of ethics.

    • Covers the reception of Aristotle's ethics from the ancient period to the twentieth century
    • Provides both Rezeptionsgeschichte and conceptual analysis for each figure or school
    • The only book to address the reception of Aristotle's ethics by his many successors
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    "...the essays in this volume are both careful and provocative. They can certainly be read independently of each other, but the whole they constitute provides a fascinating experiment in a kind of historical scholarship seldom attempted even collectively in philosophy..."
    --Dhananjay Jagannathan, University of Chicago, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107540934
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Jon Miller
    1. The Nicomachean Ethics in Hellenistic philosophy: a hidden treasure? Karen Margrethe Nielsen
    2. The transformation of Aristotle's ethics in Roman philosophy Christopher Gill
    3. Aristotelian ethics in Plotinus Dominic J. O'Meara
    4. St Augustine's appropriation and transformation of Aristotelian eudaimonia Michael W. Tkacz
    5. The Arabic and Islamic reception of the Nicomachean Ethics Anna Akasoy
    6. Maimonides' appropriation of Aristotle's ethics Kenneth Seeskin
    7. The relation of prudence and synderesis to happiness in the medieval commentaries on Aristotle's ethics Anthony Celano
    8. Using Seneca to read Aristotle: the curious methods of Buridan's ethics Jack Zupko
    9. Aristotle's ethics in the Renaissance David Lines
    10. The end of ends? Aristotelian themes in early modern ethics Donald Rutherford
    11. Affective conflict and virtue: Hume's answer to Aristotle Kate Abramson
    12. Aristotle and Kant on ethics Manfred Kuehn
    13. The fall and rise of Aristotelian ethics in Anglo-American moral philosophy: nineteenth and twentieth century Jennifer Welchman.

  • Editor

    Jon Miller, Queen's University, Ontario
    Jon Miller is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Queen's University, Ontario. His publications include Hellenistic and Early Modern Philosophy (Cambridge, 2003), Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: A Critical Guide (Cambridge, 2011) and Spinoza and the Stoics (Cambridge, 2015).


    Jon Miller, Karen Margrethe Nielsen, Christopher Gill, Dominic J. O'Meara, Michael W. Tkacz, Anna Akasoy, Kenneth Seeskin, Anthony Celano, Jack Zupko, David Lines, Donald Rutherford, Kate Abramson, Manfred Kuehn, Jennifer Welchman

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