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Fragility of Goodness: Luck & Ethics in Greek Tragedy & Philosophy

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

This analysis of the views o the ancient Greeks addresses major issues in contemporary ethical theory as well as their relationship to relevant literary works.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521277020
Subtitle:
Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Nussbaum, Martha Craven
Location:
Cambridge ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
History, Criticism, Surveys
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Greek drama
Subject:
Ethics, greek
Subject:
Ethics in literature
Subject:
Chance in literature.
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 512-525.
Series Volume:
005e
Publication Date:
19860220
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
8.99x6.03x1.08 in. 1.66 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
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Humanities » Philosophy » Ethics
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