Lively discussion of any topic you can imagine informed by the work of Aristotle. In most issues, I try to focus on how his thought might cohere with or relate to Darwinian evolution. I think that there is a fundamental agreement and that this podcast is the best way to explain this. For more on this look at my blog "Zoon Echon Blogon"" at "adamvoight.wordpress.com".
The Refutation of Hedonism - "Nicomachean Ethics" III.4
Here Aristotle deals with the opinion that the ultimate goal of action is the experience of pleasure and the avoidance of pain. This will take us back to the doctrine that the soul has three parts or faculties and to a discussion about how they relate.
What is Deliberation? - Nicomachean Ethics III.2-3
In these chapters, Aristotle discusses what sort of thinking goes into a moral decision. Socrates and other thinkers have claimed that science and morality are fundamentally the same sort of reasoning, but Aristotle differs. Even though deliberation does use universal principles, these are of a different sort from those of theoretical science. This is very useful for keeping in mind just what sorts of moral factors go into a decision and how moral praise and blame differ from the intellectual.
Moral Responsibility - Nicomachean Ethics III.1
We discuss how someone doing something results in moral blame or praise.
The importance of virtue - Nicomachean Ethics II
A crucial part of complete eudaimonia is being the right kind of person rather than merely following rules. The right kind of person has "vitrue" or in Greek "arete".
"Eudaimonia" cannot be translated, rather only habituated - "Nicomachean Ethics" I.8-9
In this episode we focus on how eudaimonia is different from many of the assumptions we make about "happiness", for there is no proper way to translate the Greek word into English. I addition, Ada and Adam debate whether habituation rather than nature or theoretical learning a la Socrates is the best source of virtue.
What is the good for human action? - "Nicomachean Ethics" Book I.1-7.
In this series was ask about the good; not the good of the cosmos or of living creatures, but the good life for humans in so far as it results from our deliberate life decisions and our character.This is a very different sort of study, but one that shares a lot with the metaphysics. However, our primary interest will be to ask how Aristotle's ideas of practical wisdom relate to our modern views of politics and morality on the one hand and our conceptions of function in darwinian biology.
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