Aristotelian Grace

  • Charles M. Young
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 120)


Aristotelian grace (Nicomachean Ethics, V.5,1133a3-5) is the natural force that takes the good that we do to and for one another and returns, magnifies, and ramifies it. As a response to goodness, Aristotelian grace should be distinguished both from the grace of God and from grace under pressure (what Hemingway called guts), each of which responds, each in its own way, to evil. The essay illustrates and explains why grace is both natural and a force and illustrates and explains a few of its returns, magnifications, and ramifications.


Natural Force Nicomachean Ethic Large Cycle English Student Natural Impulse 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyClaremont Graduate UniversityClaremontUSA

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