Aristotle and the necessity of habituation: re-reading Nicomachean Ethics 2.4

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Abstract

In Nicomachean Ethics 2.4 Aristotle raises a puzzle about moral habituation. Scholars take the puzzle to concern how a learner could perform virtuous actions, given the assumption that virtue is prior to virtuous action. I argue, instead, that Aristotle is concerned to defend the necessity of practice, given the assumption that virtue is reducible to virtuous action.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalPhronesis
Volume66
Issue number01
Early online date10 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Aristotle
  • Virtue
  • Aporia
  • Habituation
  • Action
  • Agency

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