Aristotle: An Unstable View

Julia Annas

in The Morality of Happiness

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096521
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833061 | DOI:
Aristotle: An Unstable View

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Aristotle, in making virtuous activity necessary but not sufficient for happiness, tries to do justice to the intuitive requirement that the content of happiness not be revised so as to shock our intuitions that happiness involves worldly success and enjoyment. But he also tries to do justice to the theoretical pull: happiness must involve virtuous activity over one's life as a whole. Aristotle runs into difficulties over the level of external goods required for the virtuous life to be happy, as well as the results when the virtuous happy person loses external goods.

Keywords: Aristotle; external goods; happiness; virtue

Chapter.  12952 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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