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Teaching Ethics At The University Of Vienna: The Making Of A Commentary At The Faculty Of Arts (A Case Study)

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This chapter builds on an earlier research by means of a case study focusing on one particular question from the surviving commentaries: whether magnanimity is a virtue. Every master who lectured on the Ethics at the Faculty of Arts in Vienna treated this question, usually as the eleventh question of the fourth book. The aim of the chapter is to reconstruct the classroom practice of the ordinary lectures as well as the so-called private exercises. As the Nicomachean Ethics was one of the most important books in the curriculum of a bachelor, the Statutes stipulate that in addition to the lectures, bachelors had to dispute ?without exposing themselves to ridicule? Buridan?s 120 questions on the first five books. This chapter focuses on the interpretation of a passage in the fourth book of the Nicomachean Ethics where Aristotle describes the virtue of magnanimity.

Keywords: Aristotle; medieval commentary; Nicomachean Ethics; University of Vienna; virtue of magnanimity



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