This volume, the first of a series of three, is an outstanding example of high scholarship combined with deep insight in ethics as a philosophical discipline. Terence Irwin has published several books and papers on Plato and Aristotle that have become central to academic reflection on Ancient philosophy in the last three decades. This new work is a landmark in academic reflection on ethics, ranging from Socrates to Reformation (vol. 1), from Suárez to Rousseau (vol. 2), and from Kant to Rawls (vol. 3), thus embracing in a single undertaking the main ethical doctrines that Western philosophers produced over many centuries. This is such a formidable task that almost no one would think of carrying it out, but a task that in the current case pays off awfully well—or so I want to argue in what concerns the first volume, which is focused on...

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