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My chief objective here is the task of setting out and clarifying the data that we need to consider in giving an account of Aristotle's method in ethics. These data are more complex than is usually supposed. I argue that it may be quite misleading to speak of the method of endoxa as the dialectical method, and that it is a mistake to think that there are close parallels between this method and the concept of dialectic discussed in the Topics.


Daniel Devereux presented “Ethical Method in Aristotle: Setting out the Phainomena” at the meeting of the Society with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, December 28, 1987, in New York City. A much later version became part of his “Ethical and Scientific Methods in Aristotle’s Eudemian and Nicomachean ethics.” In K. M. Nielsen & D. Henry, eds. 2015. Bridging the Gap between Aristotle’s Science and Ethics. Cambridge.

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