In quest of ethical knowledge; the examined life - back to Socrates and Aristotle; why not regard morals and ethics as simply an art of living?; why morals and ethics are not simply an art of living; failure and unhappiness - are they our own responsibility?; bad luck and the force of circumstances as the causes of failure; but what if God is dead?; Existentialism and the claims of irrational man.
Henry Babcock Veatch (1911-1999) was born in Evansville, Indiana, and educated at Harvard. He was recognised as one of the leading neo-Aristotelian philosophers of the twentieth century.
"This work was originally published in 1962 (Indiana University
Press) and is cited in Books for College Librariesit is reprinted
here with a new preface and annotated bibliography. Veatch's
influential reading of Aristotle's ethics stresses the role of
freedom and responsibility in human life and illustrates
Aristotle's theories with examples drawn from literature,
especially the novels of Jane Austen. In the course of his
argument, Veatch (1911-1999) considers a broad range of topics
including Socrates' challenge, the role of rationality, failure and
unhappiness, moral luck, the death of God, and existentialism."
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Rational Man was originally published in 1962, thirty years before "virtue-ethics" became philosophically fashionable. The Liberty Fund is to be commended for republishing Veatch's prescient book.
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