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Published: 13 October 2011

184 Pages


ISBN: 9780199790821

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The Impossibility of Perfection

Aristotle, Feminism, and the Complexities of Ethics

Michael Slote

  • The book utilizes feminist thought and other philosophical considerations to argue in a unique way for an ethical picture of human life that stands in marked contrast with traditional understandings.
  • Slote here revives Isaiah Berlin's bold views on the impossibility of perfection in ways that no one has previously attempted.
  • The Appendix describes a new kind of philosophical/ethical methodology that combines and balances (traditionally) "feminine" and "masculine" elements.

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