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Happiness and Virtuous Activity

Daniel C. Russell

in Happiness for Humans

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583683
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745713 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583683.003.0004
Happiness and Virtuous Activity

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This chapter moves from the concept of happiness to a particular conception of it, beginning with the very idea that virtuous activity could have anything to do with happiness. Instead of beginning with a fixed notion of virtuous activity and arguing that it is important for happiness, this chapter argues that eudaimonia affords a good place to begin in thinking about what counts as an excellence or virtue in a human being in the first place. The chapter focuses on the formal constraints on conceptions of happiness that Aristotle proposed, and argues that a life of virtuous activity meets those constraints.

Keywords: Aristotle; completeness; emotional soundness; finality; formal constraints on happiness; fulfillment; human nature; Nicomachean Ethics; self-sufficiency; virtue theory; virtuous activity

Chapter.  10727 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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