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Making Sense of My Life as a Whole

Julia Annas

in The Morality of Happiness

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195096521
eISBN:
9780199833061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195096525.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

The entry‐point for ethical reflection in ancient ethics is the question of how I ought to live. This develops into thoughts about my final end and the formal conditions that have to hold of it. The ... More


Happiness, Eudaimonia, and Practical Reasoning

Daniel C. Russell

in Happiness for Humans

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199583683
eISBN:
9780191745713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583683.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Chapter 1 offers an overview of eudaimonism as an approach to happiness, focusing on Aristotle’s account in Nicomachean Ethics I. Eudaimonism consists of two main ideas. First, deliberation requires ... More


The Morality of Happiness

Julia Annas

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195096521
eISBN:
9780199833061
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195096525.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

The book examines the major traditions of ancient ethical theory, showing that they share a common theoretical structure. They are examples of eudaimonism, a type of ethical theory in which the basic ... More


The Self-Sufficient Good

Terry Pinkard

in Hegel's Naturalism: Mind, Nature, and the Final Ends of Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199860791
eISBN:
9780199932986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860791.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

Humans act out of their second nature, a set of habits and acquired dispositions that can take itself as its own object. Second nature is informed by one's reflective commitments, but the two are not ... More


Final Ends

Tad Brennan

in The Stoic Life: Emotions, Duties, and Fate

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199256266
eISBN:
9780191603075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199256268.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter discusses the Stoic theory of the final end. It considers the various formulations of the Stoic end to impose some order on the multiplicity. The problem of ‘living consistently’ is ... More


Conclusion: Hegel as a Post-Hegelian

Terry Pinkard

in Hegel's Naturalism: Mind, Nature, and the Final Ends of Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199860791
eISBN:
9780199932986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860791.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

Philosophy shows both how we are committed to certain things, such as modern rights and morality, and how these bring certain tensions with them. The only reconciliation philosophy offers is a ... More


Aristotle on Eudaimonia

A. W. Price

in Virtue and Reason in Plato and Aristotle

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199609611
eISBN:
9780191731846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609611.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Eudaimonia as the final goal of action is abstract, being equivalent to ‘acting well’. We should not view it as the totality of the goods that a life contains, which leads to ... More


Infidelitas and Final End Conceptions

David Decosimo

in Ethics as a Work of Charity: Thomas Aquinas and Pagan Virtue

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780804790635
eISBN:
9780804791700
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804790635.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter explains what Thomas does not – how those who have not charity and are thus ordered to some other end than beatitude as final can nonetheless not only do good acts but do them with ... More


Ethics as a Work of Charity: Thomas Aquinas and Pagan Virtue

David Decosimo

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780804790635
eISBN:
9780804791700
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804790635.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This book examines Thomas Aquinas’s conception of “pagan virtue” – of whether non-Christians or those without grace can lead truly virtuous lives – and explains how that vision relates to the ... More


Challenges to the Structure

Mark LeBar

in The Value of Living Well

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199931118
eISBN:
9780199345717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931118.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter considers what objections there might be to such a framework. The most notable of these is some form of pluralism. The chapter argues that much debate about pluralism stems from the ... More


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