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The Fabric of CharacterAristotle's Theory of Virtue$
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Nancy Sherman

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239178

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198239173.001.0001

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Discerning the Particulars

Discerning the Particulars

(p.13) 2 Discerning the Particulars
The Fabric of Character

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Here I consider the way in which practical reason involves a discrimination of salience. My concern is thus with practical reason as a kind of perception and sensitivity to changing particulars. I first introduce the issue in the context of Aristotle's discussion of equity (epieikeia) and flexible and fair judgement of cases in the law. I then extend the discussion by considering what Aristotle might regard as lacking in a Kantian account of moral choice that emphasizes universalizability. From here I turn to Aristotle's substantive account, and his view of perception as both an affective and cognitive capacity.

Keywords:   Aristotle, discernment, emotional sensitivity, equity, practical reason, right reason

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