Fortune and Virtue

Anthony Kenny

in Aristotle on the Perfect Life

Published in print July 1992 | ISBN: 9780198240174
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680106 | DOI:
Fortune and Virtue

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Aristotle rebukes, in all his ethical treatises, those who identify happiness with good fortune; but he is always ready to recognize the role of luck in the acquisition and operation of the virtues whose exercise constitutes the happy life. This chapter is devoted to an examination of the Eudemian teaching on good fortune. Though the two states of mind are sharply distinguished in the common book B, episteme and its verb seem to be used to refer to practical wisdom in passages in the common book C and in Eudemian Ethics II. However, in this book of the Eudemian Ethics, wisdom and knowledge have been distinguished.

Keywords: good fortune; luck; virtue; happiness; wisdom; knowledge; Aristotle

Chapter.  9302 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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