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Practices of Reason: Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

by C. D. C. Reeve, Wang

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Release Date: April, 1995

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Buy the book: C. D. C. Reeve. Practices of Reason: Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics


Suspended study

Reeve has written an interesting book defending Aristotle's bios theoretikos as the aim of his ethics. His exposition of the role of dialectic and "nous" in relation to practical reasoning is especially pertinent. He presents an alternative interpretation to all those who currently try to make isolated use of what Aristotle has to say about practical reason in constructing "independent alternatives" to theoretical reason. The book makes great reading almost all the way to the end, because Reeve is careful in considering different interpretations, and keeps the reader in suspense about what kind of activity what he calls "study" (theoria), really is. Unfortunatley the end is a disappointment, since we really don't get an answer.Reeve thinks Aristotle's ideal of a bios theoretikos is outdated, and maybe it is. But since Reeve doesn't really discuss different possible contents of theoretical activity, I don't think we get a chance to agree or disagree.So, the suspense remains unresolved after finishing the book.

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