July 08, 2014

New Cambridge Companions Online now available


Access to these resources is made possible by a generous donation from the Trinity Western University Graduate Student Association.
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The Cambridge companion to Aristotle's Nicomachean ethics / edited by Ronald Polansky.




Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics is the first and arguably most important treatise on ethics in Western philosophy. It remains to this day a compelling reflection on the best sort of human life and continues to inspire contemporary thought and debate. This Cambridge Companion includes twenty essays by leading scholars of Aristotle and ancient philosophy that cover the major issues of this foundational text. The essays in this volume shed light on Aristotle's rigorous and challenging thinking on questions such as: Can there be a practical science of ethics? What is happiness? Can we arrive at convincing accounts of virtues? Are we responsible for our character? How does moral virtue relate to good thinking? Can we act against our reasoned choice? What is friendship? Is the contemplative life the highest kind of life?

1. Introduction: ethics as practical science / Ron Polansky -- 2. Beginning with eudaimonia / C. D. C. Reeve -- 3. Happiness and the external goods / T. D. Roche -- 4. Why is Aristotle's virtue of character a mean? Taking Aristotle at his word (NE II.6) / Lesley Brown -- 5. Choice and moral responsibility (NE III.1-5) / Susanne Bobzien -- 6. Courage and temperance / Giles Pearson -- 7. The social virtues (NE IV) / Helen Cullyer -- 8. Giving justice its due / Ron Polansky -- 9. The book on wisdom / Carolo Natali -- 10. Phronesis and the virtues (NE VI.12-13) / Daniel Russell -- 11. Was Aristotle a Humean? A partisan guide to the debate / Jessica Moss -- 12. Aristotle's analysis of akratic action / Hendrik Lorenz -- 13. Philosophical virtue: in defense of the grand end / Kristen Inglis -- 14. The Nicomachean Ethics on pleasure / Verity Harte -- 15. Finding oneself with friends / Patrick Miller -- 16. Competing ways of life and ring-composition (NE X.6-8) / Thornton Lockwood -- 17. The relationship between Aristotle's ethical and political discourses (NE X.9) / Rachana Kamtekar -- 18. Protreptic aspects of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics / D. S. Hutchinson and Monte Ransome Johnson -- 19. The Eudemian Ethics and its controversial relationship to the Nicomachean Ethics / Lawrence Jost -- 20. Topical bibliography to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics / Thornton Lockwood.

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The Cambridge companion to Augustine (2nd ed.) / edited by David Vincent Meconi and Eleonore Stump.



It has been over a decade since the first edition of The Cambridge Companion to Augustine was published. In that time, reflection on Augustine's life and labors has continued to bear much fruit: significant new studies into major aspects of his thinking have appeared, as well as studies of his life and times and new translations of his work. This new edition of the Companion, which replaces the earlier volume, has eleven new chapters, revised versions of others, and a comprehensive updated bibliography. It will furnish students and scholars of Augustine with a rich resource on a philosopher whose work continues to inspire discussion and debate.

Introduction / Eleonore Stump and David Vincent Meconi, S.J. -- Part I. The Nature of God: 1. The divine nature: being and goodness / Scott MacDonald -- 2. God's eternal knowledge according to Augustine / John C. Cavadini -- 3. Augustine on the triune life of God / Lewis Ayres -- Part II. God's Relation to the World: 4. Time and creation in Augustine / Simo Knuuttila -- 5. Augustine on evil and original sin / William E. Mann -- 6. Jesus Christ, the knowledge and wisdom of God / Allan Fitzgerald, O.S.A. -- Part III. Human Nature: 7. The human soul: Augustine's case for soul-body dualism / Bruno Niederbacher, S.J. -- 8. Augustine on knowledge / Peter King -- 9. Augustine on free wil /l Eleonore Stump -- Part IV. Human Excellence: 10. Augustine's ethics / Timothy Chappell -- 11. Augustine's doctrine of deification / David Vincent Meconi, S.J. -- Part V. Political and Ecclesial Life: 12. Augustine's political philosophy / Paul Weithman -- 13. Heaven and the Ecclesia Perfecta in Augustine / David Vincent Meconi, S.J. -- Part VI. Language and Faith: 14. Faith and reason / John Peter Kenney -- 15. Augustine on language / Peter King -- 16. Hermeneutics and reading scripture / Thomas Williams -- Part VII. Augustine's Legacy: 17. Augustine's legacy - success or failure? / Karla Pollmann.

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