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Dirty Hands and Conflicts of Values and of Desires in Aristotle's Ethics

Michael Stocker

in Plural and Conflicting Values

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198240556
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598463 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198240554.003.0004

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Dirty Hands and Conflicts of Values and of Desires in Aristotle's Ethics

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Takes up particular issues of conflict and plurality in Aristotle's ethics and moral psychology. Argues that Aristotle explicitly allows for dirty hands as well as conflicts of values and of desires. This involves discussing issues in Aristotle's treatment of voluntariness, mixed acts, eudaimonia, and pleasure. It is argued that for Aristotle, being a good person does not mean that choices among values can be executed lightly, nor does it ensure that the good never experience lack of eudaimonia, since even they have to deal with dirty hands and conflict of values.

Keywords: Aristotle; conflict; eudaimonia; moral psychology; pleasure

Chapter.  14150 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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