Aristotle on happiness : the communal versus the contemplative life

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dc.contributor.advisor MacKinnon, John E.
dc.creator Tisseverasinghe, Therese 2011-05-09T12:31:31Z 2011-05-09T12:31:31Z 2008
dc.identifier.other B491 H36 T57 2008
dc.description 75 leaves ; 29 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 74-75).
dc.description.abstract In this thesis, I propose a solution to the apparent incompatibility between Aristotle's account of virtuous friendship and his idea of the contemplative life in the Nicomachean Ethics. In the first chapter, I outline the contrast between communal and contemplative life. In the second chapter, I present each of the four attempts Aristotle makes at resolving this issue and show how he fails at each. Finally, in the third chapter, I discuss why both the communal and the contemplative lives are necessary for human happiness and how it is possible to integrate the two. I conclude this paper with a discussion of Buddhist and Christian monastic life as providing a particularly illuminating model for understanding Aristotle's notion of happiness, as they comprise both contemplation and virtuous friendship.
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dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc B491
dc.subject.lcsh Aristotle
dc.subject.lcsh Aristotle. Nicomachean ethics
dc.subject.lcsh Happiness
dc.title Aristotle on happiness : the communal versus the contemplative life
dc.type Text Master of Arts in Philosophy Masters Philosophy Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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