Aristotle tells us that the NicomacheanEthics (= NE ) is an “inquiry” and an “investigation” ( methodos and zētēsis , see NE 1094b10–11, 1102a12–15). One important way that the work comprises an investigation is that it is a prolonged search for the definition of
on the difference between mathematical and philosophical inquiry in the Republic , but other authors come to mind, too. At the beginning of the NicomacheanEthics , Aristotle observes that one would speak adequately if one obtains the clarity that is appropriate for the subject matter investigated
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other philosophers. Further, I discuss another category of moral subjects: moral patients . I conclude by discussing the relationship between morality and law.
Aristotle in NicomacheanEthics links autonomy with moral responsibility (Aristotle). He distinguishes actions
would this excessive exactness look like? Perhaps it is what Aristotle warns us against in the opening of the NicomacheanEthics —that an obsession with exactness yields a level of scrutiny and precision that is inappropriate for a domain of inquiry (1094b25). And so, we become insensitive to what are
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