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As the book jacket indicates, Reeve argues "that scientific knowledge (episteme) is possible in ethics, that dialetic and understanding (nous) play essentially the same role in ethics as in an Aristotelian science, and that the distinctive role of practical reason (phronesis) is to use the knowledge of universals provided by science, dialectic, and understanding so as to best promote happiness (eudaimonia)".
It is precisely the conflict between these two tests which underlies the dialetic method which I have illustrated.
In light of this paradigm-and-policy dialetic, two distinct, though related, questions emerge.