Micheal Slote

in The Impossibility of Perfection

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790821
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919185 | DOI:

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Despite the major disagreements with Aristotle, this book agrees with him in allowing for the possibility of nonreductive and objective value judgments. But it argues that such judgments have to be made in a more qualified manner than has previously been acknowledged, and this leads to a much richer and more complex picture of ethical values than we have from Aristotle. But such a picture could in all probability only have arisen in the more complex world we now inhabit—where issues of individual rights vs. collective welfare, ethnic and religious pluralism within societies, international conflicts, and feminist thinking all generate philosophical questions and difficulties that were harder to recognize in earlier times.

Keywords: Aristotle; complexity; dependent values; eudaimonism; feminism; objectivity; partial values; perfection; rights

Chapter.  2633 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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