The Function Argument in the Eudemian Ethics

Ancient Philosophy 42 (1):191-214 (2022)
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This paper reconstructs the function argument of Aristotle’s Eudemian Ethics 2.1. The argument seeks to define happiness through the method of division; shows that the highest good is better than all four of the goods of the soul, not only two, as commentators have thought; and unlike the Nicomachean argument, makes the highest good definitionally independent of the human function.

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Roy C. Lee
Creighton University


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