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The Fabric of Character: Aristotle's Theory of Virtue (Clarendon Paperbacks)

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"A sensible and sensitive discussion of four different aspects of Aristotle's account of practical reason....Her book deserves a wide readership among Aristotle specialists."--Ethics


"'The Shared Life' gives one of the most complete and sympathetic analyses of Aristotle's views of friendship available in English....'The Habituation of Chararcter,' [is] a very clear and apparently correct account of ethismos.....I recommend these chapters to anyone interested in gaining a broader perspective on Aristotle's ethical theory....The book is interesting, well-argued, and well-documented, and provides a valuable new slant on several parts of Aristotle's ethical theory."--International Studies in Philosophy


"A lively and engaging contribution....Her own style is warm and fluent, and wins the reader over without drawing attention to itself....Her book deploys an insight and authenticity that refresh one's attention to familiar texts."--Ancient Philosophy


"[An] exemplary study....A well-argued and sympathetic interpretation of Aristotle's ethical theory, valuable to anyone interested in ethical theory at the upper undergraduate level and above, especially educators."--Classical World


"Engaging and perceptive....Her accounts of moral sensitivity, practical reason, and the building of character by an agent...are fascinating and soundly based on interpretation of the texts."--Times Higher Education Supplement


About the Author

Nancy Sherman is at Georgetown University.
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Product Details

  • Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press (May 9, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198239173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198239178
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,666,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is simply a remarkable study, beautifully written, profoundly insightful. It will be of much interest not only to students of Aristotle but also to those interested in hermeneutics, particularly the philosophical hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer. Indeed, I found the book extremely helpful in eludicating key points in Truth and Method, so much so that it seemed to articulate, in certain passages, a language that sounds almost Gadamerian; the silent debate between Kant and Aristotle that transpires throughout Gadamer's magnum opus (indeed throughout phenomenological hermeneutics as a whole) is explicitly present in Sherman's book, and makes it difficult indeed not to favor Aristotle's phenomenological understanding of the ethical realm over the decisively more rigid and quintessentially modern conception of a certain Kant. Indeed, this book helps us appreciate just how Aristotle's comprehensive vision of the ethical was indeed ahead of its time and the extent to which later developments in moral philosophy, in many ways, would reflect a profound misunderstanding of the very issue of morality and, despite their sophistication, simply miss the heart of the issue. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would read it along with Arne Johan Vetlesen's "Perception, Empathy and Judgment" (who refers to Sherman in his own book), Ronald Beiner's "Political Judgment," Martha Nussbaum's "Upheavals of Thought," and Michel Onfray's yet untranslated "Le Songe d'Eichmann."
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