Dorothea Frede
Humboldt-University, Berlin
The article purports to show that the preference of theôria in Nicomachean Ethics X 7–8 does not represent Aristotle's definitive conception of the best form of life, because it is compatible neither with his overall conception of happiness in the EN nor with its political framework. The critical chapters rather recall an early contribution of Aristotle's to a controversy on the best form of life in the Academy, attested to in Politics VII 2–3; its central point is resolved in Politics VII 13–15 in a sketch of the life of leisure that combines both politics and philosophy.
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DOI 10.3196/004433019827816761
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