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 "
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.