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Aristotle on Eudaimonia1

In: Phronesis
Author: Thomas Nagel1
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252 Aristotle on Eudaimonia1 THOMAS NAGEL he Nicomachean Ethics exhibits indecision between two accounts of eudaimonia - a comprehensive and an intellectualist account. According to the intellectualist account, stated in Book X Chap. 7, eudaimonia is realized in the activity of the most divine part of man, functioning in accordance with its proper excellence. This is the activity of theoretical contemplation. According to the com- prehensive account (described as 'secondary' at 1178 a 9), eudaimonia essentially involves not just the activity of the theoretical intellect, but the full range of human life and action, in accordance with the broader excellences

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