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<i>Eudaimonia</i> and <i>Eudaimōn</i> Lives

C. D. C. REEVE

in Practices of Reason

Published in print April 1995 | ISBN: 9780198235651
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679094 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198235651.003.0005
Eudaimonia and Eudaimōn Lives

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An eudaimōn life needs enough eudaimonia, enough time, and enough external goods to be choiceworthy and lacking in nothing. Study or theoretical activity expressing wisdom is primary eudaimonia. Practical activity expressing phronēsis is secondary eudaimonia and has primary eudaimonia as its para end. This chapter focuses on these components of the eudaimōn life — theoretical activity, practical activity, external goods — and their significantly different roles in it. When it is complete, our account of the foundations of the Ethics will also be complete.

Keywords: Aristotle; eudaimōon life; eudaimonia; phronēsis

Chapter.  22816 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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