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The Impossibility of Perfection: Aristotle, Feminism, and the Complexities of Ethics

Michael Slote

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199790821
eISBN:
9780199919185
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790821.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Most people think that the difficulty of balancing career and personal/family relationships is the fault of present‐day society or is due to their own inadequacies. But in this major new book, ... More


Introduction

Micheal Slote

in The Impossibility of Perfection: Aristotle, Feminism, and the Complexities of Ethics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199790821
eISBN:
9780199919185
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790821.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This book defends Isaiah Berlin's famous thesis that perfection—whether of the virtues or of human happiness—is impossible in principle, but it gives arguments for the thesis in a way that Berlin ... More


Feminism and Partial Values

Micheal Slote

in The Impossibility of Perfection: Aristotle, Feminism, and the Complexities of Ethics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199790821
eISBN:
9780199919185
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790821.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Patriarchy sees virtues like adventurousness and personal goods like adventure and career fulfillment as relevant only to men, but a more enlightened feminism sees these as values for both men and ... More


Alternative Views

Micheal Slote

in The Impossibility of Perfection: Aristotle, Feminism, and the Complexities of Ethics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199790821
eISBN:
9780199919185
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790821.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

There are at least four main views about the structure of the virtues. Aristotle holds that the virtues are a unity and that perfection is possible; Peter Geach claims that they don't form a unity, ... More


Perfection, Moral Dilemmas, and Moral Cost

Micheal Slote

in The Impossibility of Perfection: Aristotle, Feminism, and the Complexities of Ethics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199790821
eISBN:
9780199919185
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790821.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Moral dilemmas involve situations where one cannot avoid wrongdoing, and moral cost, as the notion was introduced by Bernard Williams, means that one has wronged someone even while acting in a way ... More


Children’s agency

Allyn Fives

in Evaluating Parental Power: An Exercise in Pluralist Political Theory

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781784994327
eISBN:
9781526128614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784994327.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Even when parents exercise their power in a paternalistic fashion so as to make up for children’s deficits, parents can be faced with moral dilemmas, conflicts which call into question the legitimacy ... More


Challenges to the Structure

Mark LeBar

in The Value of Living Well

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199931118
eISBN:
9780199345717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931118.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter considers what objections there might be to such a framework. The most notable of these is some form of pluralism. The chapter argues that much debate about pluralism stems from the ... More


The Impossibility of Perfection

Michael Slote

in From Enlightenment to Receptivity: Rethinking Our Values

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199970704
eISBN:
9780199333301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970704.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Enlightenment thought conceives human life as perfectible under the aegis of reason. Previous chapters criticize the emphasis on reason, and the present chapter, following Isaiah Berlin, argues that ... More


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