Aristotle’s Virtues

Nature, Knowledge, and Human Good

by Jonathan A. Jacobs (Author)
©2004 Textbook X, 214 Pages


Aristotle’s Virtues focuses on Aristotle’s philosophical method and his conceptions of form and substance as a way to explicate the main elements of his ethical and political theorizing. This book shows how those highly general features of Aristotle’s thought have an important bearing on his conception of the best kind of life for a human being and the kind of political community needed to enable and encourage that kind of life. While explicating fundamental aspects of Aristotle’s philosophy of nature, metaphysics, and theory of knowledge, the discussion of them leads to a culminating account of the virtues of both individual and political life.


X, 214
ISBN (Softcover)
form substance life
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2004. X, 214 pp.

Biographical notes

Jonathan A. Jacobs (Author)

The Author: Jonathan Jacobs is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Division of the Humanities at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of Choosing Character, Dimensions of Moral Theory, A Philosopher’s Compass, and other books. His articles on moral psychology, metaethics, as well as Maimonides and Aquinas have appeared in numerous journals. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and has been John MacMurray Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.


Title: Aristotle’s Virtues