• Title: The Morality of Happiness
  • Author: Julia Annas
  • ISBN: 9780195096521
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Morality of Happiness Ancient ethical theories based on the notions of virtue and happiness have struck many as an attractive alternative to modern theories But we cannot find out whether this is true until we understand
    Ancient ethical theories, based on the notions of virtue and happiness, have struck many as an attractive alternative to modern theories But we cannot find out whether this is true until we understand ancient ethics and to do this we need to examine the basic structure of ancient ethical theory, not just the details of one or two theories In this book, Julia Annas brinAncient ethical theories, based on the notions of virtue and happiness, have struck many as an attractive alternative to modern theories But we cannot find out whether this is true until we understand ancient ethics and to do this we need to examine the basic structure of ancient ethical theory, not just the details of one or two theories In this book, Julia Annas brings together the results of a wide ranging study of ancient ethical philosophy and presents it in a way that is easily accessible to anyone with an interest in ancient or modern ethics She examines the fundamental notions of happiness and virtue, the role of nature in ethical justification, and the relation between concern for self and concern for others Her careful examination of the ancient debates and arguments shows that many widespread assumptions about ancient ethics are mistaken Ancient ethical theories are not egoistic, and do not depend for their acceptance on metaphysical theories of a teleological kind Most centrally, they are recognizably theories of morality, and the ancient disputes about the place of virtue in happiness can be seen as akin to modern disputes about the demands of morality Accessible to nonspecialists and the only comprehensive treatment of ancient ethical theory, The Morality of Happiness will appeal to classicists, ancient philosophers, philosophers in moral and political philosophy, and all those interested in the history of ideas.

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    1. Annas aims to historically and thematically describe "the form and structure of ancient ethical theory . . . from reflection on modern as well as on ancient ethics" thereby affording "the best chance of finding out the intellectual structure of ancient ethics without imposing on the subject our own conceptions of what the appropriate structure is" (p. 3). By "ancient" she means the Hellenistic world in Toynbee's sense, from Aristotle to the end of pagan intellectual hegemony in the Mediterranean [...]

    2. To be honest, I couldn't finish this book (although I did get more than halfway through). It is extremely dense and quite long - my head spins at the thought of how many hours must have gone into it. It's also very historically oriented, which will turn off many readers. The writing and scholarship are meticulous, though, and anyone who wants to do philosophical work directly in virtue ethics should certainly read it. My interests are kind of tangential to virtue ethics, however. As such, I thin [...]

    3. Annas' attempt to show the connection between Morality and happiness is a successful and timely effort. She does a good job of arguing for an Aristotelian position in a modern Kantian world of ethics. This book is best to be read as a commentary along side Aristotle.

    4. A rare combination of excellent scholarship and great philosophy. If you have even a passing interesting in ancient ethical philosophy this should be your starting point.

    5. يتحدث عن الفضائل من منظور الفلاسفة كأرسطو ومنظور علماء اليوم الغربيين

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