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Aristotle, Jonathan Barnes, and Anthony Kenny

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691158464

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691158464.001.0001

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Eudemian Ethics

Eudemian Ethics

Chapter:
(p.23) Eudemian Ethics
Source:
Aristotle's Ethics
Author(s):
Jonathan Barnes, Anthony Kenny
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691158464.003.0002

This section presents the English translation of Eudemian Ethics, which offers reflections on happiness—described in the text as the noblest, the best, and the most pleasant of human goods—and how it is acquired and attained. Eudemian Ethics also addresses two kinds of virtue, one intellectual and one moral, and goes on to argue that man alone is an originating principle of action. It also discusses examples of moral virtue such as courage, temperance, liberality, pride, and magnificence, as well as the five intellectual virtues: knowledge, craftmanship, wisdom, intelligence, and understanding. Other arguments in the text relate to justice and injustice, continence and incontinence, pleasure, friendship, good fortune, and gentlemanliness.

Keywords:   happiness, Eudemian Ethics, moral virtues, action, justice, continence, pleasure, friendship, good fortune, gentlemanliness

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