Date of Award
Schools and Centres
Philosophy and Theology
Dr Philip Matthews
This thesis is an investigation into Aristotle’s use of craft analogies in the Nicomachean Ethics, as instructional to his concept of practical wisdom and happiness. For Aristotle, ethics is predominantly a practice, thus the focus is on practical rationality rather than theory. For this reason, Aristotle’s discussion of ethics lends itself to the use of craft analogy, in that craft is a practice. It is argued that while being a good pedagogical tool, craft analogies fall short, because they do not cover the full gamut of human experience.
Vanderveen, T. (2008). Practical rationality in the Nicomachean Ethics: An investigation into the use of craft analogies in relation to practical wisdom (phronesis) and happiness (eudaimonia) (Honours dissertation). University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, WA.