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Confronting Aristotle's Ethics: Ancient and Modern Morality

Eugene Garver


What is the good life? Posing this question today would likely elicit very different answers. Some might say that the good life means doing good—improving one's community and the lives of others. Others might respond that it means doing well—cultivating one's own abilities in a meaningful way. But for Aristotle, these two distinct ideas—doing good and doing well—were one and the same, and could be realized in a single life. This book examines how we can draw this conclusion from Aristotle's works, while also studying how this conception of the good life relates to contemporary ideas of moralit ... More

Keywords: good life, doing good, community, doing well, Aristotle, morality, ethics, Metaphysics, common good, capacities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226283982
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226284019.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eugene Garver, author