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Aristotle on the Perfect Life

Anthony Kenny


Aristotle's teaching on the subject of happiness has been a topic of intense philosophical debate. Did he hold that happiness consists in the exercise of all the virtues, moral and intellectual, or that supreme happiness is to be found only in the practice of philosophical contemplation? The question is vital to the relevance of his ethics today. The author of this title helped to set the terms of this debate a quarter of a century ago. Later, in The Aristotelian Ethics (Clarendon Press, 1978), he argued that Aristotle's Eudemian Ethics had no less a claim than the better-known Nicomachean Eth ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, philosophical debate, moral virtue, intellectual virtue, philosophical contemplation, Anthony Kenny, Eudemian Ethics, Nicomachean Ethics, supreme happiness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198240174
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240174.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Kenny, author
Rhodes House, Oxford University