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Happy lives and the highest good : an essay on Aristotle's Nicomachean ethics / Gabriel Richardson Lear.

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Subject: Aristotle. Nicomachean ethics.
Nicomachean ethics (Aristotle)
Ethics, Ancient.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781400826087
  • ISBN: 140082608X
  • ISBN: 9780691114668
  • ISBN: 0691114668
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (viii, 238 pages)
  • Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University, ©2004.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-227) and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note: The finality criterion -- The self-sufficiency of happiness -- Acting for the sake of an object of love -- Theoretical and practical reason -- Moral virtue and to Kalon -- Courage, temperance, and greatness of soul -- Two happy lives and their most final ends -- Acting for love in the symposium.
Summary: Gabriel Richardson Lear presents a bold new approach to one of the enduring debates about Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: the controversy about whether it coherently argues that the best life for humans is one devoted to a single activity, namely philosophical contemplation. Many scholars oppose this reading because the bulk of the Ethics is devoted to various moral virtues--courage and generosity, for example--that are not in any obvious way either manifestations of philosophical contemplation or subordinated to it. They argue that Aristotle was inconsistent, and that we should not try to rea.
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