Fragility of Goodness Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0521794722
ISBN-13: 9780521794725
Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)
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Description: This study of ancient views about moral luck examines the ethical problem that many of the valued constituents of a well-lived life are vulnerable to factors outside our control, and asks how this affects our appraisal of a person's life.

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.914
Language: English

This study of ancient views about moral luck examines the ethical problem that many of the valued constituents of a well-lived life are vulnerable to factors outside our control, and asks how this affects our appraisal of a person's life.

Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago.

Preface; 1. Luck and ethics; Part I. Tragedy: Fragility and Ambition: 2. Aeschylus and practical conflict; 3. Sophocles' Antigone: conflict, vision, and simplification; Part II. Plato: Goodness without Fragility: 4. The Protagoras: a science of practical reasoning; Interlude 1. Plato's anti-tragic theater; 5. The Republic: true value and the standpoint of perfection; 6. The speech of Alcibiades: a reading of the Symposium; 7. 'This story isn't true': madness, reason, and recantation in the Phaedrus; Part III. Aristotle: The Fragility of the Good Human Life: Introduction; 8. Saving Aristotle's appearances; 9. Rational animals and the explanation of action; 10. Non-scientific deliberation; 11. The vulnerability of the Good Human Life: activity and disaster; 12. The vulnerability of the Good Human Life: relational goods; Appendix to Part III; Interlude 2. Luck and the tragic emotions; Epilogue: Tragedy; 13. The betrayal of convention: a reading of Euripedes' Hecuba.

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