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The fragility of goodness : luck and ethics in Greek tragedy and philosophy

Author: Martha Craven Nussbaum
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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"This book is a study of ancient 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 the them have received the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Platon; Aristote
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martha Craven Nussbaum
ISBN: 052179126X 9780521791267 0521794722 9780521794725
OCLC Number: 44727859
Description: xliv, 544 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: ch. 1. Luck and ethics --
pt. 1. Tragedy : fragility and ambition --
ch. 2. Aeschylus and practical conflict --
ch. 3. Sophocles' Antigone : conflict, vision, and simplification --
pt. 2. Plato : goodness without fragility? --
ch. 4. The Protagoras : a science of practical reasoning --
Interlude 1 : Plato's anti-tragic theater --
ch. 5. The Republic : true value and the standpoint of perfection --
ch. 6. The speech of Alcibiades : a reading of the Symposium --
ch. 7. 'This story isn't true' : madness, reason, and recantation in the Phaedrus --
pt. 3. Aristotle : the fragility of the good human life --
ch. 8. Saving Aristotle's appearances --
ch. 9. Rational animals and the explanation of action --
ch. 10. Non-scientific deliberation --
ch. 11. The vulnerability of the good human life : activity and disaster --
ch. 12. The vulnerability of the good human life : relational goods --
Appendix to part 3 : human and divine --
Interlude 2 : luck and the tragic emotions --
Epilogue : tragedy --
ch. 13. The betrayal of convention : a reading of Euripides' Hecuba.
Responsibility: Martha C. Nussbaum.
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