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Practices of Reason: Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

C. D. C. Reeve


This book provides an exploration of the epistemological, metaphysical, and psychological foundations of the Nicomachean Ethics. Rejecting current orthodoxy, this book argues that scientific-knowledge (episteme) is possible in ethics, that dialectic and understanding (nous) play essentially the same role in ethics as in an Aristotelian science, and that the distinctive role of practical wisdom (phronēsis) is to use the knowledge of universals provided by science, dialectic, and understanding so as best to promote happiness (eudaimonia) in particular circumstances and to ensure a happy life. Tu ... More

Keywords: Nicomachean Ethics, scientific knowledge, episteme, ethics, understanding, nous, Aristotelian science, practical wisdom, phronesis, happiness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198235651
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198235651.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. D. C. Reeve, author
Reed College, Oregon