Anthony W. Price
Reader in Greek Philosophy, Ethics and Metaethics
University of London, Birkbeck
Thursday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.
Aristotle seems to hold that ethical principles are uncodifiable: concrete and positive principles are made true only 'for the most part', and even the ban on adultery, theft, and murder is acceptable only because the application of those terms is contestable at the margin.
Is Terence Irwin correct, then, to describe him as a particularist?
Do ethical principles merely remind us of the importance of various aspects of our particular situations, without determining choice?
How, in fact, does Aristotle's 'person of practical wisdom' know what to do on any given occasion?
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