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W.F.R. Hardie

Print publication date: 1980

Print ISBN-13: 9780198246329

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246329.001.0001

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Pleasure

Pleasure

Chapter:
(p.294) XIV Pleasure
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Aristotle's Ethical Theory
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W.F.R. Hardie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246329.003.0014

The EN contains two separate discussions or discourses on pleasure: VII. 11–14 (A) and X. 1–5 (B). Aristotle's own view is indicated in A only by the unelaborated and undefended assertion that pleasure is not to be defined, with the anti-hedonists, as ‘perceived process of becoming’but rather as ‘unimpeded activity’. This definition, unless qualified as it is in B, would imply that happiness could be identified with pleasure, if there are pleasures which are bad, with some particular pleasure. B contains another version of the criticism of Speusippus. The treatment of the metaphysics of pleasure, in particular the argument that pleasure is imperfect because it is a process of movement or becoming, is more elaborate than it was in A.

Keywords:   hedonistic, Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Plato, happiness, Speuisippus

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