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This front matter section of the book titled Virtue Ethics in the Middle Ages contains the table of contents and the acknowledgements. Aristotle?s work has remained a point of reference in any philosophical discussion of morality. Two factors seem to account for the remarkable speed and relative smoothness with which the medieval reception of the Nicomachean Ethics proceeded. First, several Aristotelian views on the virtues were already known in the twelfth century due to their transmission by Cicero, Boethius, and other early Latin authors who were then studied with revived interest. Second, the Parisian theologians designated in scholarly literature as ?Peter the Chanter?s circle? had formally recognized in the late twelfth century the existence of naturally acquired virtues that enable a moral order in the present life next to the salvific virtues infused by divine grace.

Keywords: Aristotle; middle ages; Nicomachean Ethics; virtue ethics



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