Eudaimonia and Neltiliztli: Aristotle and the Aztecs on the Good Life

APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy 16 (2):10-21 (2017)
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This essay takes a first step in comparative ethics by looking to Aristotle and the Aztec's conceptions of the good life. It argues that the Aztec conception of a rooted life, neltiliztli, functions for ethical purposes in a way that is like Aristotle's eudaimonia. To develop this claim, it not only shows just in what their conceptions of the good consist, but also in what way the Aztecs conceived of the virtues (in qualli, in yectli).

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Lynn Sebastian Purcell
State University of New York College at Cortland


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