The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit by Margaret Somerville

By Margaret Somerville

Technology and know-how strength us to invite one of the most not easy and remarkable moral questions on this planet this present day. those matters surround what it capability to be human, how we relate to others and our global, and the way we discover that means in lifestyles. How we will discover a shared ethics for an interdependent international? In her 2006 CBC Massey Lectures, ethicist and McGill college professor Margaret Somerville tackles essentially the most contentious problems with our occasions, and proposes a super new type of moral language and inspiration to aid us navigate them.

From the 2006 Massey Lecture.

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We must insist that happiness can be complete without requiring a whole lifetime. " If this is right, then the passage will reflect the modified view of "complete life" that marks the disagreement between the EN on the one side and the EE, MM, and Solon on the other side. 25. " in Illinois Classical Studies (1985). 26. Aristotle, Fragmenta Selecta, ed W. D. Ross (Oxford, 1955), 146. "Is becoming" translatesgignetai. ). 27. " See also Jaeger, "Aristotle's Verses in Praise of Plato," SCripta Minora (Rome, 1960), 339-45 (from Classical Quarterly, 21 (1927), 13-17).

A comparison between the EE and EN on this point is especially instructive. 1 hope to present it elsewhere. There are helpful suggestions in D. A. Rees, "Magnanimity in the EE and NE," in Untersuchungen zur Eudemischen Ethik, ed. P. Moraux and D. Harlfinger (Berlin, 1971). 38. On Ajaxsee Fragmenta 147 (Ross); Analytica Posteriora 97b15-26. 2 Aristotle on Virtue and Happiness ]uliaAnnas Twice in the Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle strongly rejects the idea that virtue is sufficient for happiness. "!

Cooper and McDowell rely on the causal claims in ways that lead them to underestimate the role of fortune in happiness; see nn 9, 12. 20. In stressing the stability of virtue as a reason for choosing it Aristotle agrees with Solon, who says he will not exchange virtue for wealth, because virtue is stable, empedon aiei, while wealth fluctuates. See Plutarch, Solon 3. 2 in Anthologia Lyrica Graeca, ed. E. Diehl (Berlin, 1949), fr 4. 9-11. There is no evidence to show that Solon connected this claim with his advice about happiness.

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