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Title: Aristotle's Ethics: Moral Development and Human Nature
Author: May, Hope
Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 2010
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780826491107
Volumes: 1; Pages: 208
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Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics is devoted to the topic of human happiness. Yet, although Aristotle's conception of happiness is indisputably central to his whole philosophical project, there is much controversy surrounding it.
Hope May offers a new interpretation of Aristotle's account of happiness--one which incorporates Aristotle's views about the biological development of human beings. May argues that the relationship amongst the moral virtues, the intellectual virtues, and happiness, is best understood through the lens of developmentalism. On this view, happiness is the result of the cultivation of a number of virtues that are epigenetically (developmentally) related. May goes on to show how, with this interpretation in mind, contemporary scholarship in psychology, ethical theory and legal philosophy signals a return to Aristotelian ethics.
Table Of Contents
PART I: A DEVELOPMENTALIST INTERPRETATION OF ARISTOTLE'S ETHICAL THEORY
1. The Function Argument
2. Interpretations of the Function Argument
PART II: THE RETURN TO ARISTOTLE in the 21st CENTURY
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