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Aristotle’s Case Against the Sufficiency Thesis

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/9780199583683.003.0006
Aristotle’s Case Against the Sufficiency Thesis

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This chapter begins the examination of the ancient debate over the sufficiency of virtuous activity for happiness, starting with Aristotle and his ancient successors. Although Aristotle is often thought today to have shown definitively that virtuous activity is not sufficient for happiness, this chapter argues that Aristotle’s view was in fact an underdog in the ancient debate. In order to succeed, Aristotle’s position requires the embodied conception of activity outlined in Chapter 4.

Keywords: activity; Antiochus; Aristotle; Arius Didymus; Aspasius; John Cooper; Irwin Critolaus; Richard Kraut; Nicomachean Ethics; Theophrastus; virtuous activity; vulnerability; Stephen White

Chapter.  15713 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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