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Introduction

A. W. Price

in Virtue and Reason in Plato and Aristotle

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199609611
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731846 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609611.003.0001
Introduction

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Eudaimonia is a focal concept in Plato and Aristotle. It is commonly rendered by ‘happiness’, which is alright if that term is used in a non-determinate sense. It connotes acting well; not merely doing a thing that is to be done, but achieving a value that inheres in action, and lends it point. Virtue is needed both to suggest subordinate goals, and to protect the agent from being led off course by temptations.

Keywords: eudaimonia; happiness; acting well; final goal; virtue

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Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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