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The Best Life and the Common Life

Eugene Garver

in Aristotle's Politics: Living Well and Living Together

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226284026
eISBN:
9780226284040
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226284040.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter offers a treatment of the city of prayer, as seen in Books VII and VIII, that turns on two textual questions, both concerning the relation between the best life and the best ... More


Living Politically and Living Rationally: Choosing Ends and Choosing Lives

in Confronting Aristotle's Ethics: Ancient and Modern Morality

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226283982
eISBN:
9780226284019
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226284019.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Aristotle notoriously ends the Ethics by asking about whether the political or the philosophical life is the best life. Instead of presenting a contest between the active and contemplative lives, he ... More


The Way Home: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Gabriel Miller

in William Wyler: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Most Celebrated Director

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780813142098
eISBN:
9780813142371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813142098.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter includes an extensive production history of Wyler's best film (and second Oscar winner), The Best Years of Our Lives. Topics covered include Samuel Goldwyn's hiring Pulitzer ... More


On Liberty: The Summum Bonum of Modern Liberalism

Robert Devigne

in Reforming Liberalism: J.S. Mill's Use of Ancient, Religious, Liberal, and Romantic Moralities

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300112429
eISBN:
9780300133905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300112429.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter discusses what can be gleamed from John Stuart Mill's On Liberty in relation to the topic of modern liberalism. Modern liberal thought does not center on human perfection or the best ... More


Things That Matter?

Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano

in Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172400
eISBN:
9780231539364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172400.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter examines Stephen Darwall's argument that “the best life for human beings is one of significant engagement in activities through which we come into appreciative rapport with agent-neutral ... More


Contemplation and Action in Aristotle and Aquinas

Mary Catherine Sommers

in Aristotle in Aquinas’s Theology

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780198749639
eISBN:
9780191814839
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749639.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

This Chapter treats Thomas Aquinas’ final consideration of the meaning of contemplation, which occurs in the Summa theologiae in conjunction with his assessment of the best kind of human life. The ... More


Only in Hollywood

Alan K. Rode

in Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813173917
eISBN:
9780813174808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813173917.003.0031
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Curtiz signed a term deal with Paramount and helmedWhite Christmas (1954), the initial picture with the wide-screen format of VistaVision. Boosted by the star power of Bing Crosby, it was his most ... More


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