This is a reissue, with new introduction, of Susan Sauve Meyer's 1993 book, in which she presents a comprehensive examination of Aristotle's accounts of voluntariness in the Eudemian and Nicomachean Ethics. She makes the case that these constitute a theory of moral responsibility-albeit one with important differences from modern theories. Highlights of the discussion include a reconstruction of the dialectical argument in the Eudemian Ethics II 6-9, and a demonstration that the definitions of 'voluntary' and 'involuntary' in Nicomachean Ethics III 1 are the culmination of that argument. By identifying the paradigms of voluntariness and involuntariness that Aristotle begins with and the opponents (most notably Plato) he addresses, Meyer explains notoriously puzzling features of the Nicomachean account-such as Aristotle's requirement that involuntary agents experience pain or regret. Other familiar features of Aristotle's account are cast in a new light. That we are responsi
Susan Sauve Meyer is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Ancient Ethics (Routledge, 2008) and numerous articles on Greek and Roman philosophy.
Acknowledgments ; Abbreviations of Aristotle's Works ; Tables ; Introduction: Moral Responsibility and Aristotle's Concerns ; 1. Moral Responsibility and Moral Character ; 2. Voluntariness, Praiseworthiness, and Character ; 3. The Dialectical Inquiry into Voluntariness ; 4. Force, Compulsion, and the Internal Origin of Action ; 5. Responsibility for Character: Its Scope and Significance ; 6. Moral Agency and the Origination of Action ; Appendix I: Varieties of Knowledge and Ignorance ; Appendix II: "Up to Us" and the Internal Origin ; Bibliography ; General Index ; Index Locorum