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From Natural Character to Moral Virtue in Aristotle
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From Natural Character to Moral Virtue in Aristotle

Mariska Leunissen

Abstract

This book discusses Aristotle’s biological views about character and the importance of what he calls “natural character traits” for the development of moral virtue as presented in his ethical treatises. It provides a new, comprehensive account of the physiological underpinnings of moral development and thereby shows, first, that Aristotle’s ethical theories do not exhaust his views about character, as has traditionally been assumed, and, second, that his treatment of natural character in the biological treatises provides the conceptual and ideological foundation for his views about habituation ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, character, biology, ethics, politics, virtues, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190602215
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190602215.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mariska Leunissen, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, UNC Chapel Hill