Virtue ethics in the middle ages; commentaries on Aristotle’s Nicomachean ethics, 1200-1500

Virtue ethics in the middle ages; commentaries on Aristotle’s Nicomachean ethics, 1200-1500

Virtue ethics in the middle ages; commentaries on Aristotle’s Nicomachean ethics, 1200-1500.

Ed. by Istvan P. Bejczy.

BRILL

2008

374 pages

$129.00

Hardcover

Brill’s studies in intellectual history; v.160

B430

Medieval philosophers had more than theology to guide them in building their understanding of ethics. In this collection of 12 accessible and lively articles, drawn from a conference held January 2006, contributors describe the tradition of commentaries on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics from its rediscovery in the thirteenth century, including work by Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas on courage, magnanimity and justice. Topics include the ethical concepts expressed in early commentaries, ideas about moral and intellectual virtues in the earliest Latin commentaries, and notions in the Naples Commentary; concepts about heroic virtue and the Aristotelian theory of friendship in the second half of the thirteenth century; commentary on the cardinal virtues, politics and virginity in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries; and the teaching of ethics at the University of Vienna in the fifteenth century.

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