Contemplation and Self–awareness in the Nicomachean Ethics

Rhizai. A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science 7:221-238 (2010)
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Abstract

I explore Aristotle’s account in the Nicomachean Ethics of how agents attain self-awareness through contemplation. I argue that Aristotle sets up an account of self-awareness through contemplating friends in Books VIII-IX that completes itself in Book X’s remarks on theoretical contemplation. I go on to provide an account of how contemplating the divine, on Aristotle’s view, elicits self-awareness.

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Matthew D. Walker
Yale-NUS College

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