10 May 2005

A.W. Price at Dartmouth College, May 19

Here's the last BACAP event of the year. I'm looking forward to it, especially since I've just written a paper arguing that Aristotle recognizes 'moral absolutes'. I'm pleased that Bridget Clarke of Williams College will be giving the commentary.

"Was Aristotle a Particularist?"

Anthony W. Price

Reader in Greek Philosophy, Ethics and Metaethics
University of London, Birkbeck

Thursday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.
Rockefeller 1
Dartmouth College

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?

Commentator: Bridget Clarke
Department of Philosophy
Williams College

Also a seminar:
"Practical Reasoning"
Thornton 103
12-2 pm