Altruism in Aristotle's Ethics

Dissertation, Columbia University (1993)

Abstract
Is Aristotle's ethics altruistic? The text often seems at odds with itself on this question, and there is no critical consensus. This thesis begins with a thorough study of Aristotle's conception of the fine ,$ which he describes as both the end $ of virtue and that which motivates us to extend virtuous treatment to others. I dispute the altruistic "common good" interpretation of Terence Irwin and offer a nonaltruistic account in terms of Aristotle's conception of the fitting and the praiseworthy; my interpretation, I argue, is better grounded in both the text and pre-Aristotelian tradition. Next, the Aristotelian virtues are analyzed individually for elements of altruism. Here, too, evidence of altruism is absent; the virtues are grounded not in the good of others but in Aristotle's doctrine of the fine. Aristotle's ethics, I conclude, is not altruistic, but neither is Aristotle an egoist; both altruism and egoism conceive ethics along what I call the "self-other axis," whereas Aristotle conceives it, rather, along the axis of good and bad
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,079
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-02-07

Total views
0

Recent downloads (6 months)
0

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

My notes