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Ethical understanding and ethical concepts in Aristotle

Patsioti, Joanna; (1993) Ethical understanding and ethical concepts in Aristotle. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This Thesis is an attempt to answer two connected questions in Aristotle's philosophy; (a)how the concepts are acquired and incorporated in each person's understanding, and, (b) in what sense and on what basis we can speak of fundamental, universal and objective ethical truths. The conclusions of the consideration of the relation of Language to Thought and Reality, and of concept acquisition generally, topics which have been dealt by others, are examined in their application to Aristotle's Ethical Epistemology in particular. The initial consideration of the general background includes a reconstruction of Aristotle's Theory of Meaning in the De Interpretatione and the Categories, together with his general framework concerning the acquisition of concepts and universals in Posterior Analytics B.19, Discussion of the function of in B.19, in relation to that in the De Anima is also given. Our discussion of Aristotle's Epistemology examines where he, rejecting as he does Platonic recollection, stands in the debate between Chomsky and the empiricists, We then examine to what extent the stages of the acquisition of the ethical are analogous to that of the sciences, and the part played by in ethical and non-ethical Epistemology, The relevance of to our ethical development and quality of life is also considered. Concerning the second question, we deal with the nature of Aristotelian ethical concepts, examing to what extent they are cases of Examination of the structure of Aristotle's concept of involves the distinctions between the latter raising the issues of the universality and objective basis of an ethical concept. Discussion of the concepts of and provides further information concerning the structure of complex ethical concepts for Aristotle and the way in which they are progressively acquired by the individual understanding.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Ethical understanding and ethical concepts in Aristotle
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Language, literature and linguistics; Philosophy, religion and theology; Aristotle; Ethics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10105908
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