By Professor Tobias Hoffmann, Jörn Müller, Matthias Perkams
Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics is the textual content which had the only maximum impression on Aquinas's moral writings, and the historic and philosophical price of Aquinas's appropriation of this article provokes full of life debate. during this quantity of latest essays, 13 distinct students discover how Aquinas gets, expands on, and transforms Aristotle's insights concerning the attainability of happiness, the scope of ethical advantage, the basis of morality, and the character of delight. They research Aquinas's observation at the Ethics and his theological writings, specifically the Summa theologiae. Their essays express Aquinas to be a hugely perceptive interpreter, yet person who additionally who additionally brings yes presuppositions to the Ethics and alters key Aristotelian notions for his personal reasons. the result's a wealthy and nuanced photo of Aquinas's relation to Aristotle that may be of curiosity to readers in ethical philosophy, Aquinas stories, the heritage of theology, and the historical past of philosophy.
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Without the special subject matter, we would not have a suitable object for a special technique of philosophy. The special technique consists in the exploration of the logical connections between a given philosopher’s views and other views; the technique is possible because philosophical views have logical connections. This conception of a historical inquiry explains why philosophical works of the past are appropriate objects of philosophical study and appropriate starting points for philosophical reflection.
Grosseteste supplies “notulae” to his translation, which often comment on the sense of Greek words or sentences. But he introduces “bonum” for “καλόν” without comment, and I cannot find any comment throughout his translation. 5 he remarks that one might use “turpe” instead of “malum” to render “αἰσχρόν” (Aristoteles Latinus 26/1–3, p. 183), but he makes no parallel comment about “bonum” (p. 187). He does the same with bravery (p. 191). See also Franceschini 1933. At pp. 85–124 he quotes many of Grosseteste’s careful observations on Greek terms.
It is plausible to suppose that the phrase “appetitive and in general desiring” covers all these three types of desire. If this is what Aristotle means, he implies that all types of desire belong to the nonrational part. 10 Some of Gauthier’s reasons (see n. 7 above) rest on Aquinas’s use of philosophical views and assumptions that he takes to be alien to Aristotle. , Aquinas’s insertion of his views on the will into his discussion of Aristotle. 4 below. Historical accuracy in Aquinas’s Ethics commentary 21 This interpretation allows us to treat the passage as simply saying what it initially appears to say.
Aquinas and the Nicomachean Ethics by Professor Tobias Hoffmann, Jörn Müller, Matthias Perkams