Here I consider the way in which practical reason involves a discrimination of salience. My concern is thus with practical reason as a kind of perception and sensitivity to changing particulars. I first introduce the issue in the context of Aristotle's discussion of equity (epieikeia) and flexible and fair judgement of cases in the law. I then extend the discussion by considering what Aristotle might regard as lacking in a Kantian account of moral choice that emphasizes universalizability. From here I turn to Aristotle's substantive account, and his view of perception as both an affective and cognitive capacity.
Keywords: Aristotle; discernment; emotional sensitivity; equity; practical reason; right reason
Chapter. 17606 words.
Subjects: Ancient Philosophy
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