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From Natural Character to Moral Virtue in Aristotle

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2018.03.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mariska Leunissen, From Natural Character to Moral Virtue in Aristotle, Oxford University Press, 2017, 216pp., $74.00, ISBN 9780190602215. Reviewed by David Bronstein, Georgetown University It’s all about blood. This is one of the main conclusions of Mariska Leunissen’s excellent and important new book on the biological basis of Aristotle’s theory of moral virtue. Because moral virtues such as courage and moderation develop out of our natural character traits, which are largely the result of our physiology, which rests ultimately on the material composition of our blood, moral virtue has its origin in blood. If you have the right kind of blood — i.e., hot and thin, like that of Greek men — your chances of achieving moral virtue are good. If you don’t — if your blood is hot and thick, like that of the spirited but stupid northern... Read More

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