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Plural and Conflicting Values$
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Michael Stocker

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198240556

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198240554.001.0001

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Dirty Hands and Conflicts of Values and of Desires in Aristotle's Ethics

Dirty Hands and Conflicts of Values and of Desires in Aristotle's Ethics

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(p.51) 3 Dirty Hands and Conflicts of Values and of Desires in Aristotle's Ethics
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Plural and Conflicting Values
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Michael Stocker (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198240554.003.0004

Takes up particular issues of conflict and plurality in Aristotle's ethics and moral psychology. Argues that Aristotle explicitly allows for dirty hands as well as conflicts of values and of desires. This involves discussing issues in Aristotle's treatment of voluntariness, mixed acts, eudaimonia, and pleasure. It is argued that for Aristotle, being a good person does not mean that choices among values can be executed lightly, nor does it ensure that the good never experience lack of eudaimonia, since even they have to deal with dirty hands and conflict of values.

Keywords:   Aristotle, conflict, eudaimonia, moral psychology, pleasure

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