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The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
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Nov 14, 08

bookshelves: philosophy, ethics-and-or-metaethics
Read in October, 2006 — I own a copy

As translated and cited by Owen Flanagan in The Really Hard Problem:

"We should consider our discussion adequate insofar as we make things perspicuous enough as regrds our subject matter. We do not seek or expect the same degree of exactness in all sort of arguments (compare: mathematics, physics, history), just as we do not expect sameness in the products of different crafts (compare pressing coins, to knitting clothes)...In ethics and political science each of our generalizations ought to be understood as holding true usually. And because this is the nature of our premises (that such and such holds generally, but not universally), we must be satisfied with probabilistic conclusions of the same sort."

-Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
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