Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Happiness for Humans$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Daniel C. Russell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583683

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583683.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 05 April 2020

Happiness and Virtuous Activity

Happiness and Virtuous Activity

Chapter:
(p.65) 3 Happiness and Virtuous Activity
Source:
Happiness for Humans
Author(s):

Daniel C. Russell

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583683.003.0004

This chapter moves from the concept of happiness to a particular conception of it, beginning with the very idea that virtuous activity could have anything to do with happiness. Instead of beginning with a fixed notion of virtuous activity and arguing that it is important for happiness, this chapter argues that eudaimonia affords a good place to begin in thinking about what counts as an excellence or virtue in a human being in the first place. The chapter focuses on the formal constraints on conceptions of happiness that Aristotle proposed, and argues that a life of virtuous activity meets those constraints.

Keywords:   Aristotle, completeness, emotional soundness, finality, formal constraints on happiness, fulfillment, human nature, Nicomachean Ethics, self-sufficiency, virtue theory, virtuous activity

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .