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[Xmca-l] Re: Habits (Greek: ethos)



On the topic of ethos and virtue Bernard Williams argues that those who see discontinuities between Greek and current conceptions of responsibility, agency, and emotion must be blind to the fact that the ancient conceptions have been not so much replaced as covered up in a Kantian wallpaper of duty and obligation. 
Bernard Williams in his own words insists:
“ if we can come to understand the ethical concepts of the Greeks, we shall recognize them in ourselves”

The book “Shame and Necessity” by Bernard Williams explores these two topics of obligation and the topic of duty. 

What is the ethical stance (or disposition) of cultural historical theory?



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From: Jonathan Tudge