The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy (Updated)

By Martha C Nussbaum, Nussbaum Martha C
This book is a study of ancient views about "moral luck." It examines the fundamental ethical problem that many of the valued constituents of a well-lived life are vulnerable to factors outside a person's control, and asks how this affects our appraisal of persons and their lives. The Greeks made a profound contribution to these questions, yet neither the problems nor the Greek views of them have received the attention they deserve. This updated edition contains a new preface.


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"This is an immensely rich and stimulating book. This is partly because the author combines to a rare degree qualities not often found together: a scholar's understanding of the text with rigour of argument, and these together with an imaginative grasp of moral questions. But it is also because she has chosen to write a very ambitious book, to grapple with some fundamental, perennial issues....It should change the tenor of debate in more than one field." Charles Taylor, Canadian Journal of Philosophy




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Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publish date 01/01/2001
Pages 592
ISBN-13 9780521794725
ISBN-10 0521794722
Language English

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