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  •  698
    Ethics with Aristotle
    Oxford University Press. 1991.
    In this incisive study Sarah Broadie gives an argued account of the main topics of Aristotle's ethics: eudaimonia, virtue, voluntary agency, practical reason, akrasia, pleasure, and the ethical status of theoria. She explores the sense of "eudaimonia," probes Aristotle's division of the soul and its virtues, and traces the ambiguities in "voluntary." Fresh light is shed on his comparison of practical wisdom with other kinds of knowledge, and a realistic account is developed of Aristototelian del…Read more
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    XIV*-Soul and Body in Plato and Descartes
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 101 (3): 295-308. 2001.
    Although they are often grouped together in comparison with non-dualist theories, Plato's soul-body dualism, and Descartes' mind-body dualism, are fundamentally different. The doctrines examined are those of the Phaedo and the Meditations. The main difference, from which others flow, lies in Plato's acceptance and Descartes' rejection of the assumption that the soul (= intellect) is identical with what animates the body.
  •  287
    Soul and Body in Plato and Descartes
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 101 (1): 295-308. 2001.
    Although they are often grouped together in comparison with non-dualist theories, Plato's soul-body dualism, and Descartes' mind-body dualism, are fundamentally different. The doctrines examined are those of the Phaedo and the Meditations. The main difference, from which others flow, lies in Plato's acceptance and Descartes' rejection of the assumption that the soul (= intellect) is identical with what animates the body.
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    Aristotle’s Perceptual Realism
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 31 (S1): 137-159. 1993.
  •  127
    Nature, Craft and Phronesis in Aristotle
    Philosophical Topics 15 (2): 35-50. 1987.
  •  122
    From necessity to fate: A fallacy
    The Journal of Ethics 5 (1): 21-37. 2001.
    Though clearly fallacious, the inference from determinism to fatalism (the ``Lazy Argument'''') has appealed to such minds as Aristotle and his disciple, Alexander of Aphrodisias. It is argued here (1) that determinism does entail a rather similar position, dubbed ``futilism''''; and (2) that distinctively Aristotelian determinism entails fatalism for any event to which it applies. The concept of ``fate'''' is examined along the way.
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    Aristotle and Beyond: Essays on Metaphysics and Ethics
    Cambridge University Press. 2007.
    Written over a period of thirty-five years, these essays explore the topics of causation, time, fate, determinism, natural teleology, different conceptions of the human soul, the idea of the highest good and the human significance of leisure. While most of the essays take as their starting-point some theme in Ancient Greek philosophy, they are meant not as exegesis but as distinctive and independent contributions to live philosophizing. Written with clarity, precision without technicality, and p…Read more
  •  97
    Problems of Aristotle's Concept of Form
    Journal of Philosophy 84 (11): 679-681. 1987.
  •  92
    Theological sidelights from Plato's Timaeus
    Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 82 (1): 1-17. 2008.
    Plato's account of the making of the world by a supreme divinity has often been felt to foreshadow the natural theology associated with orthodox western religion. This paper examines some significant ways (having more than merely antiquarian interest, it is hoped) in which the Timaeus scheme differs from more familiar orthodoxy.
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    Practical Truth in Aristotle
    American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 90 (2): 281-298. 2016.
    An interpretation is offered of the Aristotelian concept of “practical truth” in the wake of Anscombe’s very interesting exegesis. Her own interpretation is considered and its merits noted, but a question is raised as to its plausibility as an account of what Aristotle himself intended in speaking of “truth that is practical”.
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    Nature and Divinity in Plato's Timaeus
    Cambridge University Press. 2011.
    Plato's Timaeus is one of the most influential and challenging works of ancient philosophy to have come down to us. Sarah Broadie's rich and compelling study proposes new interpretations of major elements of the Timaeus, including the separate Demiurge, the cosmic 'beginning', the 'second mixing', the Receptacle and the Atlantis story. Broadie shows how Plato deploys the mythic themes of the Timaeus to convey fundamental philosophical insights and examines the profoundly differing methods of int…Read more
  •  72
    Aristotelian Piety
    Phronesis 48 (1): 54-70. 2003.
    Aristotle seems to omit discussing the virtue piety. Such an omission should surprise us. Piety is not covertly dealt with under the more general heading of justice, nor under that of philia. But piety does make a veiled appearance at NE X.8, 1179a22-32. Many interpreters have refused to take this passage seriously, but this is shown to be a mistake
  •  66
    Aristotle's Elusive Summum Bonum
    Social Philosophy and Policy 16 (1): 233-251. 1999.
    The philosophy of Aristotle remains a beacon of our culture. But no part of Aristotle's work is more alive and compelling today than his contribution to ethics and political science — nor more relevant to the subject of the present volume. Political science, in his view, begins with ethics, and the primary task of ethics is to elucidate human flourishing. Aristotle brings to this topic a mind unsurpassed in the depth, keenness, and comprehensiveness of its probing
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    Another problem of akrasia
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 2 (2). 1994.
    No abstract
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    THIS PAPER is concerned with an ancient rebuttal of determinism, possibly the oldest in our Western tradition. It runs as follows: if whatever happens happens of necessity, there is no point at all in deliberating; but the consequent is intolerable, so the antecedent must be rejected. This objection is put forward by Aristotle, and it reappears in elaborated forms in later works of antiquity. But for the most part, philosophers on both sides of the determinist debate have remained unimpressed by…Read more
  •  57
    Noῦs and Nature in De Anima III
    Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 12 (1): 163-176. 1996.
  •  56
    Plato's intelligible world?
    Supplement to the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 78 (1): 65-79. 2004.
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    The Contents of the Receptacle
    Modern Schoolman 80 (3): 171-190. 2003.
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    Aristotle connects modality and time in ways strange and perplexing to modern readers. In this book the author proposes a new solution to this exegetical problem. Although primarily expository, this work explores topics of central concern for current investigations into causality, time, and change.
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    Practical Truth in Aristotle in advance
    American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. forthcoming.
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    Aristotle’s Philosophy of Action (review)
    International Studies in Philosophy 20 (1): 68-70. 1988.
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    Que Fait le premier moteur d'aristote? (Sur la théologie du livre lambda de la « métaphysique »)
    with Jacques Brunschwig
    Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 183 (2). 1993.
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    Aristote et La question du monde
    Ancient Philosophy 13 (1): 201-204. 1993.
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    I—Sarah Broadie: Plato's Intelligible World?
    Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 78 (1): 65-80. 2004.
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    Necessity and Deliberation: An Argument from De Interpretatione 9
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 17 (2). 1987.
    In De Interpretatione 9 Aristotle considers the proposition that everything that is or comes to be, is or comes to be of necessity. From the supposition that this is so, he draws the following consequence: ‘[In that case] there would be no need to deliberate or take trouble, [saying] that if we do this there will be so and so, and if we do not do this there will not be so and so’. Finding this result absurd, he rejects the supposition and concludes that some events or states of affairs are conti…Read more
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    Alternative World-Histories
    Philosophical Papers 31 (2): 117-143. 2002.
    Abstract We act so as to make things better than they would have been but for the action; we are horrified by an uncontrollable catastrophe because it made things so much worse than they would have been without it. Such attitudes are reasonable only if it is reasonable to make the associated counterfactual conditional judgments. But making such judgments cannot be reasonable if one holds both (1) that this world is absolutely and uniquely actual (?absolute actualism?), and (2) that everything is…Read more