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Human Nature and «Eudaimonia» in Aristotle


Don Thomas Asselin

In his «Nicomachean Ethics», Aristotle says that eudaimonia («happiness») is the end of human nature. In the Greek thinker's moral theory and theory of human nature, that good has a definite content, and is a universal and even obligatory moral good -- the «true good» of man. Dr. Asselin argues that the connection that Aristotle sees between human nature and eudaimonia illuminates both human nature and the supreme moral good. To the same extent, Aristotle is a perennial source for theorizing about human nature, human moral qualities, and the best life for man.
Contents: The book treats eudaimonia («happiness»), the supreme moral good of man. The author argues that virtue (aretê) and reason, both theoretical and practical, are necessary occasions of that supreme good. He concludes that man is essentially a philosopher and a citizen.