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Virtue and Reason in Plato and Aristotle$
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A.W. Price

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199609611

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609611.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Virtue and Reason in Plato and Aristotle
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A. W. Price

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609611.003.0001

Eudaimonia is a focal concept in Plato and Aristotle. It is commonly rendered by ‘happiness’, which is alright if that term is used in a non-determinate sense. It connotes acting well; not merely doing a thing that is to be done, but achieving a value that inheres in action, and lends it point. Virtue is needed both to suggest subordinate goals, and to protect the agent from being led off course by temptations.

Keywords:   eudaimonia, happiness, acting well, final goal, virtue

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