Aristotle's Moral Realism Reconsidered: Phenomenological Ethics

1st Edition

Pavlos Kontos

Routledge
Published March 15, 2013
Reference - 210 Pages
ISBN 9780415856744 - CAT# Y151932
Series: Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory

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Summary

This book elaborates a moral realism of phenomenological inspiration by introducing the idea that moral experience, primordially, constitutes a perceptual grasp of actions and of their solid traces in the world. The main thesis is that, before any reference to values or to criteria about good and evil—that is, before any reference to specific ethical outlooks—one should explain the very materiality of what necessarily constitutes the ‘moral world’. These claims are substantiated by means of a text- centered interpretation of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics in dialogue with contemporary moral realism. The book concludes with a critique of Heidegger’s, Gadamer’s and Arendt’s approaches to Aristotle’s ethics.

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