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The Morality of Happiness$
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Julia Annas

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195096521

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195096525.001.0001

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Aristotle: Nature and Mere Nature

Aristotle: Nature and Mere Nature

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(p.142) 4 Aristotle: Nature and Mere Nature
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The Morality of Happiness
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Julia Annas (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/0195096525.003.0005

Aristotle argues that the virtues develop from nature as matter (mere nature) to nature as form, an ideal. Nature is also, however, what is ‘always or for the most part’. These points are linked to Aristotle's controversial uses of nature in discussing the city‐state, slavery, and moneymaking; on this issue, his arguments are inconsistent.

Keywords:   Aristotle, city‐state, ideal, nature, slavery

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