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    Aristotle for the modern Ethicist

    Connell, Sophia M. (2019) Aristotle for the modern Ethicist. Ancient Philosophy Today: Dialogoi 1 (2), pp. 192-214. ISSN 2516-1156.

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    Elizabeth Anscombe and Mary Midgley discussed Aristotle’s ethics as an alternative to modern moral philosophy. This idea is best known from Anscombe’s 1958 paper ‘Modern Moral Philosophy’. The mainstream response has been to design a normative theory of ‘virtue ethics’ to rival deontology and consequentialism. This essay argues that that response is inadequate; it misses Anscombe’s point and obscures various aspects of Aristotle’s ethics, in particular his emphasis on friendship and human interconnectedness. This element of Aristotelianism was favoured by Midgley. By returning to Midgley, with the support of Aristotle, it is possible to find an alternative modern Aristotelianism in ethics.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication by Edinburgh University Press
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Sophia Connell
    Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2019 10:43
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:52


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