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Lorraine Smith Pangle
University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Wisdom and Character: The Moral Foundations of Aristotelian Political Philosophy

A book-length study of the moral foundations of Aristotle's political philosophy.

I propose to complete a book on the relation between moral and intellectual virtue in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (NE). This study will make several important contributions to contemporary debates about Aristotle’s ethical thought and moral responsibility. First, it will show the unappreciated indebtedness of Aristotle’s moral theory to the Socratic thesis that virtue is knowledge; second, it will distinguish Aristotle’s theoretical and practical intentions and show how puzzles in the Nicomachean Ethics can be understood in light of his dual audience and complex purposes; third, it will bring his treatment of intellectual virtue (NE 6) to bear on his treatments of responsibility for character and action (NE 3 and 7) in a way that has not been done; and finally, it will draw on recent work across the fields of philosophy, classics, and political science to bring relevant contributions into fruitful dialogue with each other.

Project fields:
Classics; Ethics; Political Theory

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016