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Theoretical Activity and the Nature of Reason

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246329.003.0016
Theoretical Activity and the Nature of Reason

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The doctrine of the EN is that ‘the activity of reason which is contemplative’ is ‘superior in serious worth’. However, the statement of the doctrine in the EN is brief and unexplanatory. The De Anima offers a fuller account of reason as man's highest faculty, and a celebrated passage seems to imply that the godlike and imperishable element in the soul of man is rather the cause of his contemplative activity than itself contemplative. In the hope of making the doctrine of the EN more intelligible, this chapter considers some of the questions raised by the discussion in the De Anima about the differences between reason and other faculties of men.

Keywords: happiness; Nicomachean Ethics; De Anima; Aristotle; man's faculties

Chapter.  9025 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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