Happiness as Actuality in Nicomachean Ethics

An Overview

By Sorin Sabou

Happiness as Actuality in Nicomachean Ethics

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  • ISBN: 9781532659904
  • Pages: 158
  • Publication Date: 10/8/2018
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Happiness as Actuality in Nicomachean Ethics

An Overview

By Sorin Sabou

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  • ISBN: 9781532659904
  • Pages: 158
  • Publication Date: 10/8/2018
  • Retail Price: $21.00
Web Price: $16.80
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This is a study about the meaning of happiness (εὐδαιμονία) in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (EN). It is argued that εὐδαιμονία in EN means actuality, and it has to be interpreted through the lenses of two metaphors used by Aristotle in EN 1.7 1098a21 and 10.6 1176a30: the “perimeter of good” and the “imprint of happiness.” To explain the meaning of happiness Aristotle first has to delineate the “perimeter of good” of human beings, and he does that with the help of two criteria: the final end [τέλος] and the function of humanity [ἔργον ἀνθρώπου]. These two criteria are metaphysical concepts which describe the “good” as the final metaphysical aim of every person, and the best every person can be. This metaphysical teleological aim is the “actuality of the soul” according with excellence. This is the “perimeter” within which Aristotle enquires about εὐδαιμονία—the good of humans.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Remarkable in its erudition, through detailed analyses and fresh approaches, Sabou's book offers a new reading of Aristotle’s inquiry on happiness based on only two interpretative metaphors. The whole architecture of Aristotle’s ethical theory is reconstructed on this basis. It's a book devoted to critically-minded students trained to penetrate the endless strata of surprising assumptions.”

—Valentin Muresan, University of Bucharest, Distinguished Research Fellow, Oxford Uehiro Center for Practical Ethics


Contributors-

Sorin Sabou

Bio(s)-

Sorin Sabou is the Prorector of Baptist Theological Institute of Bucharest. He is the author of Between Horror and Hope: Paul’s Metaphorical Language of Death in Romans 6 (2005), and The Cross to Rome (2014).

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