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Suggestions for Further Reading

Austin, J. L. “Agathon and Eudaimonia in the Ethics of Aristotle” in Philosophical Papers. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1970.

Barnes, Jonathan. Aristotle. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2000.

Dunne, Joseph. Back to the Rough Ground: “Phronesis” and “Techne” in Modern Philosophy and in Aristotle. South Bend, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1993.

Edel, Abraham. Aristotle and His Philosophy. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1982.

Hutchinson, D. S. “Ethics” in The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle. ed. Jonathan Barnes. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1995.

MacIntyre, Alasdair. After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory. South Bend, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1981.

Rorty, Amelie Oksenberg, ed. Essays on Aristotle’s Ethics. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980.

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by ProfessorHinkley, April 06, 2014

The author of this commentary claims that Aristotle's "concept of distributive justice is meant to ensure that the greatest privilege go to those male aristocrats who exhibit the greatest virtue rather than to those who have the greatest wealth, the greatest military strength, or the most friends." This claim is superficial and grossly misleading. We need to approach books by trying to understand them as the author understands them, and in this case Aristotle articulates a principle of justice, called merit, that transcends gender and socia


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Good Article

by m8292, September 30, 2014

Thanks for the good article.
To the previous poster: Can you explain where you see that Aristotle's principle is meant by the author to transcend gender etc.? I am especially confused by this because you state that we should not read the book as it might be interpreted, but as the author intended it to be interpreted (if I got you right). Doesn't it seem highly unlikely that someone like Aristotle would include anyone but citizens of the polis in his considerations? Do you have any citation that would support Aristotle including women ... Read more


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by arclexico, February 23, 2015

Thank you Sparknotes for your great and concise articles. I got 95/100 on my exam.


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