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Title: Aristotle's view of human nature as a basis for ethical theory
Author: Watt, Stephen John
ISNI:       0000 0001 3564 5018
Awarding Body: Open University
Current Institution: Open University
Date of Award: 1998
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The thesis examines Aristotle's ethical theory with primary reference to the Nicomachean Ethics (EN). It argues that the EN is intended not to improve its audience ethically, but rather to give it the political tools to pass on its already good life. The EN does this by articulating the goodness of that life and thus allowing the audience to enter effectively into ethical discussions. These form part of the process of passing on the good life by way of legislation in the polls and by more informal methods in institutions such as the household. The thesis examines in particular the accounts of practical reason, pleasure and the 'ergon' argument in the EN, and seeks to understand them in this context. It argues that by allowing the audience to improve the transmission of its values over the generations and by allowing its menbers to articulate the value of so doing, it moves the audience's life closer to divine perfection.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Philosophy