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Aristotle and the Problem of Moral Discernment

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Paul Schuchman

The present study represents a preliminary philosophical interpreta- tion of the concept of moral discernment or phronesis in the «Ethics» of «Aristotle». Taking his standpoint from certain trends in contemporary transcendental philosophy, the author suggests a possible approach to the problem of the norm for moral and political judgment in «Aristotle's» thought. Relevant texts from the «Ethics» are interpreted within an ontological context, and a brief criticism of traditional viewpoints is presented.