Aristoteles # Hughes, Philosophy Guidebook to Aristotle on by Gerard Hughes

By Gerard Hughes

Hughes explains the major parts in Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics terminology and highlights the talk concerning the interpretations of his writings. moreover, he examines the function that Aristotle's ethics proceed to play in modern ethical philosophy by way of evaluating and contrasting his perspectives with these extensively held this day.

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In this way, Inclusivists relate this remark back to the discussion of self-sufficiency, where (on their reading of it) fulfilment is not one good among others, because it already includes them all. 18 But if Aristotle does mean what I think he means and concentrates on just one activity, then is this not a strange position for him to hold, given his efforts to base ethics on biology? Are we to suppose that such activities as eating, or having sex, or enjoying music, or just relaxing, simply don’t count when we are deciding what a fulfilled life is?

23. ‘Dominant’ is a refinement on ‘exclusive’. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 2 7 Folio THE FULFILLED LIFE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 Folio 2 8 not merely that their interpretation better fits the texts, but that it is also a much more sensible view in itself. What reasonable person would ever think that there was ultimately just one supremely worthwhile activity, for the sake of which we did everything else?

What about a miser who simply wants to have money just for the sake of counting it over and over? Maybe Aristotle doesn’t quite believe such a person could exist, or maybe he thought that the miser wants money for the sense of achievement it gives him. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 2 5 Folio THE FULFILLED LIFE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 Folio 2 6 But perhaps Aristotle has a different kind of argument to distinguish the life of the pleasure seeker from the worthwhile life of the fulfilled person.

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