Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics

What do we deliberate about?


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Aristotle says that we only deliberate about things that are under our control. Aristotle says, for example, that we don’t deliberate about “eternal things” that are so far out of our purview as to be irrelevant for our day-to-day moral decision making. This is not to say that we cannot think of eternal things, of course, as Aristotle was a metaphysician and theologian himself. But this is not what Aristotle means by deliberation.


Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics, Book III