Aristotle's ethical imprecision: Philosophic method in the by Tutuska, John M.

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It is clear, then, that there was a rich tradition of Greek reflection on the imprecision of ethical matters. We will see that Aristotle takes much from these 35 treatments; he too understands the imprecision of ethics to involve not just difficulties of certain particular cases but a more general problem with the basic elements of the ethical and political spheres such as prudence, the just, beautiful, good, et cetera as we experience them in ordinary life and think about them in our common opinions.

It would seem that the proponents of mathematical precision cause problems not only for physics and metaphysics, but for practical studies as well. In fact, the desire for such precision and clarity stems not only from a hair-splitting theoretical position, but also seems to find a source in our ordinary ethical life; there is a common tendency to expect to find clear-cut answers to ethical questions, and it is only on the basis of much experience or careful reflection that we o realize how complicated and difficult matters of practice are.

6 1106M4-15). Ronna Burger speaks of this sort of imprecision in her "Ethical Reflection and Righteous Indignation: Nemesis in the Nicomachean Ethics," 127-39. 21. Or that it is just or kalon to do so. 2 1164b32-33) - for the reason that Aristotle very rarely provides such claims. The main imprecision of the Nicomachean Ethics, then, cannot be the sort of imprecision that would be contained in statements regarding particular conduct. 24 We have considered, then, the meaning of the diaphora and plane of to kala and ta diakaia and the fact that this has relevance on the general and not just particular level.

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