CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Eros and the Good: Wisdom According to Nature

Department

Department of History and Political Science

Publication Date

11-24-2004

Publication Title

Metapsychology Online Reviews

ISSN

1931-5716

Volume

8

Issue/No.

48

Abstract

Excerpt

Since the publication in the late 1950s of Elizabeth Anscombe’s "Modern Moral Philosophy," which offered a critique of dominant academic approaches to
philosophical ethics, there has been a resurgence of interest in the "problems of living" that preoccupied ancient philosophers. We have seen the publication in ever increasing rates of books and articles concerned with an approach to ethics somehow grounded in the real stuff of human reality. A glance at the list of books reviewed on the Metapsychology web service will attest to this. Books on virtue ethics, evolutionary ethics, and the empirical foundations of happiness and normality are frequently reviewed. Though not obviously a work in ethics per se, Eros and the Good: Wisdom According to Nature falls squarely in this philosophical trend toward a serious engagement with what some have called the "art of living."

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