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The Nature of the Inquiry

W.F.R. Hardie

in Aristotle's Ethical Theory

Second edition

Published in print January 1980 | ISBN: 9780198246329
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680953 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246329.003.0003
The Nature of the Inquiry

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In the Magna Moralia (MM), ethics is described both as part of politics and as its starting point. It is not clear what this means, but it may be a reference to Aristotle's view, that unless a man has been trained to have a good moral character, he will not be able to grasp what for him are the starting-points in the study of politics. The discussion in this chapter sometimes use the terms ‘ethics’ and ‘politics’ as if they were for Aristotle the names of separate but related inquiries; branches, as one might say, of ‘eudaimonics’. However, ‘ethics’ is used merely as a convenient way of referring to those parts of what Aristotle calls politics which deal with the subjects considered in the EN.

Keywords: ethics; political inquiry; Aristotle; Magna Moralia; Nicomachean Ethics

Chapter.  7060 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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