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Diana Lobel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153157

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153157.001.0001

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The Good Is That to Which All Things Aim

The Good Is That to Which All Things Aim

Aristotle on God and the Good

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The Quest for God and the Good

Diana Lobel

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines Aristotle's views on God and the good as well as his notion of the moral life by focusing on his Nicomachean Ethics and Eudemian Ethics. Aristotle offers an earthy, practical path to human flourishing. His ethical works reflect the tension found in the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gītā (and between monastic and engaged Buddhism) between the contemplative life of the philosopher and the active life that is engaged in society. Surprisingly, we find a bridge between these two paths in the notion of contemplation or study (theōria). Aristotle argues that we can engage in a kind of contemplation in action. This chapter also considers Aristotle's concept of eudaimonia and his philosophy on virtue and happiness. Finally, it discusses the arguments of Alasdair Macintyre and Charles Taylor regarding ethics.

Keywords:   good, Aristotle, God, moral life, Nicomachean Ethics, Eudemian Ethics, contemplation, Charles Taylor, ethics, Alasdair Macintyre

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