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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: An Unstable View

Aristotle: An Unstable View

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(p.364) 18 Aristotle: An Unstable View
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The Morality of Happiness
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195096525.003.0019

Aristotle, in making virtuous activity necessary but not sufficient for happiness, tries to do justice to the intuitive requirement that the content of happiness not be revised so as to shock our intuitions that happiness involves worldly success and enjoyment. But he also tries to do justice to the theoretical pull: happiness must involve virtuous activity over one's life as a whole. Aristotle runs into difficulties over the level of external goods required for the virtuous life to be happy, as well as the results when the virtuous happy person loses external goods.

Keywords:   Aristotle, external goods, happiness, virtue

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