In his remarkable essay "The Problem of Historical Consciousness," Gadamer attempts (inter alia) to recover Aristotle's idea of practical philosophy, and connect it up with his own hermeneutical project. Others, notably Charles Taylor, David Hoy and Habermas have similar aspirations. Hampshire and Perleman also take up ideas in Aristotle's ethical and rhetorical work as part of the same general current of thought, which has recently included the development of a basically Aristotelian notion of human action and understanding, as well as new and exciting research on the Nichomachean Ethics.


Presented at the 11th Annual Philosophy Colloquium of the Department of Philosophy of the University of Dayton, held in March 1982.



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