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Happy Lives and the Highest Good:
An Essay on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics
Gabriel Richardson Lear

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix
CHAPTER ONE
Introduction 1
CHAPTER TWO
The Finality Criterion 8
1. Introduction 8
2. What It Is to Be an Aristotelian Telos 11
3. Teleology in the Nicomachean Ethics 15
4. Teleology, Desire, and Middle-Level Ends 31
5. The Puzzle in NE I.7 and Two Possible Solutions 37
6. Ackrill 's Inclusivist Solution 40
CHAPTER THREE
The Self-Sufficiency of Happiness 47
1. Self-Sufficiency: Three Problems for a Monistic Reading of Eudaimonia 48
2. Self-Sufficiency as a Mark of Finality 51
3. Self-Sufficiency in the Philebus 53
4. The Self-Sufficiency of Monistic Goods 59
5. Choiceworthiness and Self-Sufficiency 63
6. Self-Sufficient Happiness 69
CHAPTER FOUR
Acting for the Sake of an Object of Love 72
1. Love and Final Causation in Aristotle's Scientific Works 73
2. How Teleological Approximation Could Solve the Problem of Middle-Level Ends 85
3. Approximation in the Nicomachean Ethics ?88
CHAPTER FIVE
Theoretical and Practical Reason 93
1. The Separateness and Similarity of Theoretical and Practical Reason 94
2. Theoretical Sophia versus Practical Wisdom 108
3. The Relationship of Phronésis to Theoretical Wisdom 115
CHAPTER SIX
Moral Virtue and To Kalon 123
1. To Kalon Outside Human Action 126
2. To Kalon in Human Action 130
3. The Account of Fine Action at Rhetoric I.9 133
4. To Kalon and Spirited Desire 137
CHAPTER SEVEN
Courage, Temperance, and Greatness of Soul 147
1. Courage: NE III.6-9 148
2. Temperance: NE III.1-12 162
3. Greatness of Soul: NE IV.3 168
CHAPTER EIGHT
Two Happy Lives and Their Most Final Ends 175
1. The Competition between the Philosophical and Political Lives 177
2. The Superior Finality of Contemplation 181
3. Human Approximation of Divine Life: Part One 188
4. Human Approximation of Divine Life: Part Two 193
5. Choosing Moral Virtue for the Sake of Contemplation 196
APPENDIX
Acting for Love in the Symposium 209
1. Possessing the Object of Love 209
2. The Intrinsic Value of Intermediate Objects of Love 216
Works Cited 221
Index Locorum 229
General Index 237

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