Deliberative Conflict: Some Recent Philosophical Concepts

Nicholas White

in Individual and Conflict in Greek Ethics

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780198250593
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598661 | DOI:
 Deliberative Conflict: Some Recent Philosophical Concepts

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Kantian and Hegelian responses to Greek ethics have been carried on—against the backdrop of Joseph Butler, J. S. Mill, Henry Sidgwick, T. H. Green, and others—right through the Twentieth Century. Although other philosophical notions have also been important in the historiography of Greek ethics—‘morality’, ‘ethics of virtue’, ‘contingency’—an overriding theme has been the notion that in Greek ethics a way was found to eliminate deliberative conflict, and to show that in the end all rational human aims are reconcilable within a single notion of happiness of eudaimonia. Various harmonizing strategies have been attempted, and ascribed to the Greeks.

Keywords: Joseph Butler; contingency; deliberative conflict; ethics of virtue; eudaimonia; T. H. Green; happiness; Mill; morality; Sidgwick

Chapter.  18215 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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