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Fragility of Goodness Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy

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ISBN-10: 0521277027

ISBN-13: 9780521277020

Edition: 1986

Authors: Martha C. Nussbaum

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This book is a study of ancient Greek views about 'moral luck'. It examines the fundamental ethical problem that many of the valued constituents of a well-lived life are vulnerable to factors outside a person's control, and asks how this affects our appraisal of persons and their lives. The Greeks made a profound contribution to these questions, yet neither the problems nor the Greek views of them have received the attention they deserve. This book thus recovers a central dimension of Greek thought and addresses major issues in contemporary ethical theory. One of its most original aspects is its interelated treatment of both literary and philosophical texts. In a close analysis of three tragedies, and works by Plato and Aristotle, the author argues that we cannot understand the thought of the philosophers without also investigating its relation to the literary works; and that the literary works, in virtue of their form as well as their content, make a distinctive contribution to ethical thought.
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Book details

List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/20/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

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