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The Virtues of Rational Agents

Terence Irwin

in Aristotle's First Principles

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198242901
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597770 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198242905.003.0017

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 The Virtues of Rational Agents

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Aristotle’s account of virtues follows the same line of argument found in his account of the good. He relies on his metaphysical theory of essence as form and function, and on his psychological theory of human function as rational agency. He uses these theories to organise, explain, defend, and modify common beliefs. In doing so, he shows that his ethical theory is not purely dialectical, but also strong dialectic.

Keywords: Aristotle; virtue; nature; rational control; dialectics

Chapter.  7452 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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