Semester of Graduation
Master of Arts (MA)
Philosophy and Religious Studies
“A Critique of Aristotle: Countervoluntary Action and Moral Injury,” is a critique of Aristotle’s view that countervoluntary action does not affect character. I argue that a countervoluntary action can affect character when said action leads to a moral injury. Throughout this critique I use military experiences of moral injury to bolster my argument. This critique focuses on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, and is directed at his Nicomachean Ethics specifically. The upshot of my critique is to not only argue that countervoluntary action affects character, but to spotlight specifically why it is character affecting. Essentially, my aim is to call attention to the phenomenon of moral injury, and examine why such a phenomenon cannot be ignored within a practical ethics.
Altsman, Melissa, "A Critique of Aristotle: Countervoluntary Action and Moral Injury" (2023). LSU Master's Theses. 5738.