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Enmattered Virtues

Cagnoli Fiecconi, E; (2018) Enmattered Virtues. Metaphysics , 1 (1) pp. 63-74. 10.5334/met.5. Green open access

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I argue that, for Aristotle, virtues of character like bravery and generosity are, like the emotions, properties that require a hylomorphic analysis. In order to understand what the virtues are and how they come about, one needs to take into account their formal components and their material components. The formal component of a virtue of character is a psychic disposition, its material component is the appropriate state and composition of the blood. I defend this thesis against two potential objections and I show that it is relevant for a study of Aristotle’s ethics.

Type: Article
Title: Enmattered Virtues
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/met.5
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.5334/met.5
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2018 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0/.
Keywords: Aristotle, Hylomorphism, Ethics, Virtues
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Greek and Latin
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040026
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