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Action, Contemplation, and Happiness

An Essay on Aristotle

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$60.50 • £48.95 • €54.50

ISBN 9780674063730

Publication Date: 03/12/2012


320 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


  • Preface
  • Abbreviations and Editions
  • 1. The Transmission of Form
    • The Role of Pneuma
    • Celestial Animals
    • A Puzzle Case
    • Automata
  • 2. Truth, Action, and Soul
    • Desire
    • Perception
    • Perception’s Control of Truth
    • Practical Perception
    • Understanding
    • Practical Understanding
  • 3. Theoretical Wisdom
    • Starting-Points
    • Truth and Understanding
    • Unconditional Scientific Knowledge
    • Four Types of Scientific Explanation
    • Scientific Knowledge of Other Sorts
    • For the Most Part
    • Natural, Mathematical, and Theoretical Sciences
    • Rigor and Esteem
  • 4. Virtue of Character
    • The Doctrine of the Mean
    • The Politics of the Mean
    • Continuity and Divisibility
    • Justice and External Goods
    • Nobility and Self-Interest
    • Natural Virtue and Cleverness
  • 5. Practical Wisdom
    • Target
    • Defining-Mark
    • End or Goal
    • Particulars and Universals
    • Practical Wisdom’s Branches
    • Is Practical Wisdom a Science?
    • Practical Luck and Deliberation’s Sphere
    • Decrees as Deliberation’s Outcomes
    • Deliberation’s Logical Form
    • The Role of Understanding in Practical Demonstration
    • Deliberative Perception
    • Correct Reason and Practical Truth
    • Generalism or Particularism?
  • 6. Immortalizing Beings
    • Substance and Attribute
    • Form, Matter, Change
    • Particulars, Universals, and Quasi-Universal Forms
    • Actuality and Potentiality
    • God and Productive Understanding
    • Immortalizing Ourselves
    • Becoming God-Beloved
    • Immortalizing Friends
  • 7. Happiness
    • Telic Hierarchies
    • Telic Completeness, Self-Sufficiency, and Choiceworthiness
    • Two Types of Happiness
    • Virtue, Function, and Happiness
    • The Human Function
    • Types of Completeness
  • 8. The Happiest Life
    • Educatedness
    • Philosophy
    • Contemplation
  • Index of Passages
  • General Index

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