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The Choices of a Character

Nancy Sherman

in The Fabric of Character

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239178
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598395 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198239173.003.0003

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 The Choices of a Character

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I frame the chapter by taking up two related objections—that Aristotle lacks an adequate account of moral reasoning about the ends of good living and that he lacks an account of future intention. I try to meet both objections, arguing that Aristotle has a systematic account of deliberation about how best to live over the course of a life and that this is a form of deliberating about future plans and intentions. Central to the account is the notion of prohairesis or reasoned choice and its relationship to stable character.

Keywords: Aristotle; character; deliberation; intention; moral reasoning; practical syllogism; prohairesis; reasoned choice; revision of ends

Chapter.  25301 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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