How can we become virtuous by doing virtuous actions? This question, which has received unceasing attention from scholars working in Aristotle’s ethical theory, is at the center of Marta Jimenez’s book, Aristotle on Shame and Learning to Be Good. Jimenez articulates clearly the challenges faced when trying to provide an account of moral development in Aristotle’s works. She also meets these challenges with energy and originality, by weaving together a series of remarks scattered throughout Aristotle’s ethical treatises into a persuasive and coherent picture of ethical education. Jimenez’s book offers a rigorous treatment of central issues in Aristotelian ethics and moral development, and is essential reading for anyone researching or teaching on these topics.

Jimenez aims at offering an answer to what she calls ‘the moral upbringing gap’. Aristotle famously says that we become virtuous by performing virtuous actions. He also claims that virtue involves acting from the right...

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