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Reason and Character: The Moral Foundations of Aristotelian Political Philosophy

Lorraine Smith Pangle


This book explores the place of intellect and intellectual virtue in Aristotle’s moral and political thought by means of a close, thematically selective commentary on the Nicomachean Ethics. Special attention is given to the end or standard that reason looks to in guiding moral choice, the meaning of happiness (eudaimonia), the relation between theoretical wisdom (sophia) and active wisdom (phronesis), and the failures of reason in the phenomenon of the lapse of self control (akrasia). The book argues that Aristotelian moral theory is best understood as a two-pronged response to Socratic thoug ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, phronesis, akrasia, moral responsibility, happiness, Socratic paradox, moral virtue, intellectual virtue, eudaimonia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226688169
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226688336.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lorraine Smith Pangle, author
University of Texas at Austin