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Talk at Bogazici University: Mehmet Erginel (Eastern Mediterranean University), “Weakness of Will in the Nicomachean Ethics: How Socratic is Aristotle?”

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Please join us at BU for a talk by Mehmet Erginel.


Monday, July 21st, Bogazici University, TB 130 (Anderson Hall 130), 5-7pm


“Weakness of Will in the Nicomachean Ethics: How Socratic is Aristotle?”



Socrates famously denies the possibility of weakness of will (akrasia), maintaining that no one acts against what they judge to be the best course of action. In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle shares the general opinion in objecting that Socrates’ view “is inconsistent with the obvious facts” (1145b28). Aristotle maintains, nevertheless, that there is some truth in what Socrates said, and concludes his own account of akrasia by claiming that “we seem to get what Socrates sought after” (1147b14-15). But scholars disagree about many aspects of Aristotle’s account, and we are left puzzling over the extent to which his account is actually Socratic. In this paper, I address the fundamental interpretive questions concerning Aristotle’s account and argue that his account is best understood as being very Socratic, perhaps more so than Aristotle himself recognized. 


Written by markedwardsteen

July 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

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