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Volume 49, Issue 1


Rules Lurking at the Heart of Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics

Howard J. Curzer
Published Online: 2016-01-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2014-0033


Aristotle speaks often of orthos logos which might be translated “right rule.” Nevertheless, many contemporary interpreters and translators avoid the term “rule” and similar terms. I shall show that Aristotle does indeed provide numerous rules including right rules for all of the virtues on his list in the Nicomachean Ethics. But these rules do not undermine Aristotle’s credentials as a founder of virtue ethics or of moderate particularism.

Keywords: Aristotle; orthos logos; virtue ethics; particularism

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Published Online: 2016-01-08

Published in Print: 2016-01-01

Citation Information: Apeiron, Volume 49, Issue 1, Pages 57–92, ISSN (Online) 2156-7093, ISSN (Print) 0003-6390, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2014-0033.

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