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1179a33-34). 28. This is in contrast to common claims that talk of certainty is the best way to understand Aristotle's claims here. See J. Barnes, Aristotle: Posterior Analytics, 1st ed. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975), 182; Aquinas, Commentary on Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics," sec. 135 (p. 45). See also Aristotle's use of akribes at Metaphysics 982al3 with his use of bebaios at Metaphysics 1005b8-19. 48 ethical work. 30 Talk of indefiniteness, however, also calls for further reflection; what does it mean to say that a claim is indefinite?

2, in dealing with a variety of such cases, represents an exception to Aristotle's usual way of proceeding. 23. 2 1104a 1-10, where Aristotle speaks of the imprecision yielded by the variability of the particular cases and distinguishes it from the imprecision of "general" speech. 24. , statements that would try to address what is to be done in a more particular way. 3 1094b22—23), a claim that seems to say that there is imprecision in the very claims that are made, and not just that it is not possible to make certain claims.

See Theaetetus 172a-b, 177c-178a, Republic 505d. 7 1134bl8-l 135a7. The failure to recognize the lack of perfect congruity between these seems to lead Irwin to think that the only difficulty of the noble and just that is mentioned here is what I have spoken of first (see the notes in his translation of the Nicomachean Ethics, 2nd ed. [Indianapolis: Hackett, 1999], p. 174 [henceforth referred to as "Notes"]). Sarah Broadie thinks similarly; see her Ethics with Aristotle (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991), 18.

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