The Nature of Man

W.F.R. Hardie

in Aristotle's Ethical Theory

Second edition

Published in print January 1980 | ISBN: 9780198246329
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680953 | DOI:
The Nature of Man

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According to the EN, the ‘good one is seeking’ when trying to define happiness as students of political science, is the ‘human good’, the good for man. For Aristotle, human virtue is the virtue ‘not of the body but of the soul’, and happiness has been defined as an activity of the soul in accordance with virtue. Man is ‘composite’ and the elements in the composition are body and soul. At the beginning of the De Anima, Aristotle finds fault with earlier psychologists for confining their attention to the human soul. Soul is a genus of which the souls of plants, non-human animals, and men are species, and each of these kinds of soul has its own definition.

Keywords: human soul; political science; happiness; human virtue; De Anima; Aristotle

Chapter.  10954 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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