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C. C. W. Taylor

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226399

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226399.001.0001

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Aristotle on the Practical Intellect 1

Aristotle on the Practical Intellect 1

(p.204) 12 Aristotle on the Practical Intellect1
Pleasure, Mind, and Soul

C. C. W. Taylor

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of the practical intellect in Aristotle's ethics, arguing that it is not confined to deliberation about means, but that it includes the achievement of the right conception of ends. Close examination of the texts indicates that the achievement of that conception requires rational thought, trained perception of individual cases, and critical examination of generally accepted beliefs, but Aristotle does not spell out a single explicit account. Some texts suggest that the role of the practical intellect is simply to make determinate, via trained moral perception, the indeterminate conception of the life of virtue, others that it has in addition the task of establishing a more determinate conception, specifically the life of theoretical thought, as the highest good.

Keywords:   means, ends, deliberation, habituation, induction, moral perception, nous, principles, endoxa, reputable opinions

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