Are There Really Two Kinds of Happiness in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics?

Classical Philology 115 (2):270-280 (2020)
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Aristotle appears to claim at Nicomachean Ethics 10.8, 1178a9 that there are two kinds of happy life: one theoretical, one practical. This claim is notoriously problematic and does not follow from anything that Aristotle has said to that point. However, the apparent claim depends on supplying 'happy' or 'happiest' from the previous sentence, as is standard among translators and interpreters. I argue for an alternative supplement that commits Aristotle to a much less problematic and unexpected position and permits a wider variety of interpretations of Aristotle’s overall theory of happiness.

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Bryan C. Reece
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Aristotle on Divine and Human Contemplation.Bryan Reece - 2020 - Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy 7:131–160.
Aristotle on Happiness, Virtue, and Wisdom.Bryan C. Reece - 2023 - New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press.
Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics Book X: Translation and Commentary.Joachim Aufderheide - 2020 - New York: Cambridge University Press. Edited by Aristotle.

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Aristotle on Divine and Human Contemplation.Bryan Reece - 2020 - Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy 7:131–160.

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