Durable Goods: Pleasure, Wealth and Power in the Virtuous Life (BOK)

Gerol Petruzella

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Ancient Greek philosophers generally accept the claim that eudaimonia is within our power to achieve, regardless of circumstance. Conversely, external goods - physical health, education, social standing - are frequently present or absent due to circumstances beyond our control. Can eudaimonism explain how more than a privileged elite can attain eudaimonia when so few enjoy the requisite external goods? A satisfactory account of the relation between external goods and well-being must accommodate both the insight that there is an essential connection between prosperity and the flourishing life and that there is a real sense in which eudaimonia is a self-sufficient concept. The applied intellectualist interpretation of eudaimonism defended here accommodates important insights of several ancient Greek traditions: Aristotle's account of human nature, specifically the role of external goods as necessary preconditions for leading a human life; Socratic and Stoic analysis that external goods are necessary constituents of moral action; and Plato's commitment to a criterion for judging the compatibility of external prosperity with a life of eudaimonia. This text provides a comprehensive linguistic and ethical analysis of key terms and arguments across several centuries of ancient Greek ethical thought on this fascinating topic, making it an excellent foundation for an upper-division undergraduate seminar in ancient Greek ethics, virtue ethics, or applied ethics.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Gerol Petruzella
Peter Lang AG
ISBN 9781433116995
Antall sider 177 Dimensjoner 15cm x 22,5cm x 1,5cm
Vekt 380 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500, Literary studies: classical, early & medieval