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Revaluing Ethics Aristotle's Dialectical Pedagogy

by Thomas W. Smith

  • ISBN: 9780791451410
  • ISBN10: 0791451410

Revaluing Ethics Aristotle's Dialectical Pedagogy

by Thomas W. Smith

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
  • Publish date: 11/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780791451410
  • ISBN10: 0791451410
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Description: Abbreviations Preface Introduction The Return to Aristotle Protreptic Dialectic: A Brief Overview PART I: THE AUDIENCE 1. The Political Character of Aristotle's Pedagogy Formation and Regimes The Political Dimensions of the Pedagogy 2. The Audience of the Nicomachean Ethics The Problem of Audience Where the Action Is The Love of Honor and the Love of Activity The Ambiguous Results of the Pursuit of Honor Political Effects of the Culture of Honor Plato's Case against Virtue-as-Equity in the Republic The Appearance of Virtue Pedagogical Problems: How Love or Honor Leads to Complacency Pedagogical Strategies: Virtue-as-Equity Pedagogical Problems: Philosophy Questioning Aristotle's Pedagogical Strategy PART II: REVALUING THE VIRTUES 3. Approaching the Virtues Does Aristotle Accept his Culture's Notions of the Virtues? Bifurcating the Soul; Bifurcating Virtue Moral Paralysis The Devaluation of Reason Slicing and Dicing the Virtues Conclusion 4. Criticizing the Moral Virtues Questions Manliness Moderation Generosity Magnificence The Mean with Respect to Anger Social Relations Irony 5. Greatness of Soul Aristotle on Greatness of Soul The Iliad on Human Limits Conclusion 6. Justice, Injustice, and Equity Different Starting Points Comfortable Risk Minimizers versus Needy Risk Takers The Problem with Law The Partiality of Law Equity Conclusion 7. Turning Reputable Opinion Upside Down Reassessing the Relation of Thought to Practice Thought as an Action Aristotelian Rationality, the Human Good, and Life Plans A New Start Moral Weakness New Distinctions Standing Virtue on Its Head PART III: FRIENDSHIP AND PHILOSOPHY 8. Analogous Communities Introduction From Having to Being: Equal versus Unequal Relationships Interdependence and Human Flourishing More in the Nature of Things Analogical Communities The Common Good in Aristotelian Thought Theory Informing Practice Why Bother? Virtue-as-Equity, Virute-as-Fairness The Negative Way to Vurtue-as-Equity 9. Hortatory Conclusions Aristotle Tips his Pedagogical Hand The Accounts of Pleasure The Fulfillment of Desire So Why Won't He Talk about Contemplation Conclusion: Contemplation, Action, and the Limits of Aristotelian Political Philosophy The Missing Question Interpretive Problems The Way the Problem Appeared to Aristotle's Audience Practical Wisdom Contemplation Contemplation and Its Effects on Practical Wisdom Practical Wisdom and Providing for Contemplation Human Limits and the Limits of Aristotelian Political Philosophy Notes Bibliography Index
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