A new account of Aristotle's Ethics, this book argues for the central importance of the concept of 'techne' or 'craft' in Aristotle's moral theory.
Exploring the importance of 'techne' in the Platonic and pre-Platonic intellectual context in which Aristotle was writing, Tom Angier here shows that this concept has an important role in Aristotle's Ethics that has rarely been studied in Anglo-American scholarship. Through close-analysis of the primary texts, this book uses the focus on 'techne' to systematically critique and renew Aristotelian moral philosophy.
Techne in Aristotle's 'Ethics' provides a novel and challenging approach to one of the Ancient World's most enduring intellectual legacies.
'Sharp in its argumentation and impressively conversant with secondary literature. It is well written and clear. Even where the reader does not agree with the conclusions defended, he or she should still profit from the challenge of the book's reasoning and its conversance with Aristotle's difficult text. That Aristotle's reflection upon the arts shapes his ethical thought quite as much as Angier proposes is unlikely, but nonetheless the case is energetically and skilfully made.' Ron Polansky, Duquesne University--Ron Polansky "Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "
'By identifying the extent to which Aristotle's thinking about ethics was shaped by notions drawn from the crafts Angier has thrown new light on a surprising number of topics and has deepened our understanding of tensions within Aristotle's thought.It is by now a rare achievement to have said something new, true and important about Aristotle.' Alasdair MacIntyre, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, USA.--Sanford Lakoff
Abbreviations; Preface; Introduction: Techne in pre-Platonic Greek Thought; 1. Techne in the Platonic dialogues; 2. Aristotle reacts to his inheritance; 3. Ergon: The Function Argument; 4. Mesotes: The Doctrine of the Mean; 5. Ethismos: Moral Habituation; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
Series: Continuum Studies in Ancient Philosophy
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 31st January 2011
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1