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Aristotelian Naturalism

A Research Companion

  • Martin Hähnel

Part of the Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action book series (HSNA, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John Hacker-Wright, Martin Hähnel, Micah Lott
      Pages 3-7
  3. Differentiations

  4. Standpoints

About this book


This book features many of the leading voices championing the revival of Neo-Aristotelian Ethical Naturalism (AN) in contemporary philosophy. It addresses the whole range of issues facing this research program at present. Coverage in the collection identifies differentiations, details standpoints, and points out new perspectives.

This volume answers a need: AN is quite new to contemporary philosophy, despite its deep roots in the history of philosophy. As yet, there are many unanswered questions regarding its relation to contemporary views in metaethics. It is certainly not equivalent to dominant naturalistic approaches to metaethics in Anglophone philosophy. Indeed, it is not obviously incompatible with some approaches identified as nonnaturalistic. Further, there are controversies regarding the views of the first wave of virtue revivalists. The work of G.E.M. Anscombe and Philippa Foot is frequently misunderstood, despite the fact that they are important figures in the contemporary revival.

This volume details a robust approach to ethics by situating it within the context of human life. It will help readers to better understand how AN raises deep questions about the relation of action and its evaluation to human nature. Neo-Aristotelians argue that something like the traditional cardinal virtues, practical wisdom, temperance, justice and courage, are qualities that perfect human reason and desire.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Hähnel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyKU Eichstätt-IngolstadtEichstättGermany

About the editors

Martin Hähnel, PhD in Philosophy, Research Fellow at the Philosophy Department/Chair of Bioethics, Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany), Research Interests: Neo-Aristotelian Ethics, Bioethics, Phenomenology

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Aristotelian Naturalism
  • Book Subtitle A Research Companion
  • Editors Martin Hähnel
  • Series Title Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action
  • Series Abbreviated Title Hist. Analy. Stud. Nat. Mind. Act.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-37575-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-37578-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-37576-8
  • Series ISSN 2509-4793
  • Series E-ISSN 2509-4807
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 470
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethics
    Classical Philosophy
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