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New Directions from Old Debates

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/9780199583683.003.0005
New Directions from Old Debates

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Happiness is a life of virtuous activity, but that does not mean that virtuous activity is sufficient for happiness. This chapter introduces the ancient debate over the sufficiency of virtue for happiness, and argues that the key issue in that debate was not whether or not virtuous activity is the only good, but the question of how virtuous activity might connect us to the volatile world in which we act. The chapter introduces the conception of activity as “embodied,” that is, as so connecting us to particular parts of our world that our happiness is inseparable from them, precisely because our activity is inseparable from them. This completes the outline of the book’s central thesis that happiness is a life of embodied virtuous activity.

Keywords: activity; Aristotle; goodness; psychological identity; self; stoicism; sufficiency of virtue for happiness; value; virtuous activity; vulnerability

Chapter.  11269 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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