The Idea of Hellenic Harmony

Nicholas White

in Individual and Conflict in Greek Ethics

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780198250593
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598661 | DOI:
 The Idea of Hellenic Harmony

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The historiography of Greek ethics has, since the days of Winckelmann, Schiller, and Hegel, been shaped by an effort to use it in modern debates. Kantians believed that the Greeks ignored the notion of morality. Hegelians by contrast thought that they understood how to show that one's own happiness is compatible with the happiness of others and conformity to ethical norms—either through inclusivism (the view that the first includes the other two) or fusionism (the view that the former is identical with their combination).

Keywords: Christianity; ethical norm; evaluative holism; fragmentation; harmony; Hegel; hellenism; Kant; Nietzsche

Chapter.  22240 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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