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Brad Inwood

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722717

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722717.001.0001

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Non‐Virtuous Intellectual States in Aristotle’s Ethics

Non‐Virtuous Intellectual States in Aristotle’s Ethics

(p.205) Non‐Virtuous Intellectual States in Aristotle’s Ethics
Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 47

Pavlos Kontos

Oxford University Press

This chapter raises the question of whether Aristotle acknowledges the existence of intellectual, practical (praktikai), and productive (poiētikai) non-virtuous states. It argues that the canvas of practical and productive states — that is, of practical wisdom, craft, and their opposites — is much more nuanced and coherent than it is usually taken to be; that not to make room for non-virtuous practical intellectual states would be detrimental to the intelligibility of Aristotle's concepts of deliberate choice and practical wisdom, and to the tenability of his ethics as a whole; and that the emerging picture of practical intellectual states has far-reaching philosophical consequences for the account of evil and moral change.

Keywords:   Aristotle, ethics, practical wisdom, craft, atechnia, aphrosynē, akolasia, beastliness, evil, moral change

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