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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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The Choices of a Character

The Choices of a Character

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(p.56) 3 The Choices of a Character
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The Fabric of Character
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Nancy Sherman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198239173.003.0003

I frame the chapter by taking up two related objections—that Aristotle lacks an adequate account of moral reasoning about the ends of good living and that he lacks an account of future intention. I try to meet both objections, arguing that Aristotle has a systematic account of deliberation about how best to live over the course of a life and that this is a form of deliberating about future plans and intentions. Central to the account is the notion of prohairesis or reasoned choice and its relationship to stable character.

Keywords:   Aristotle, character, deliberation, intention, moral reasoning, practical syllogism, prohairesis, reasoned choice, revision of ends

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