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PHIL 1200 Lecture 65: Lecture 65
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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 1200
Professor
David R.Hampton
Semester
Summer

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c78R After giving a description of virtue, Aristotle returns to happiness and its relationship with virtue. review: Happiness is activity expressing virtue. But which virtue? The highest virtue. Thismustbethevirtueofourintellect(whichisourhighestandnoblest element). So, the best life, if the life of study (the life of an intellectual, in which reason is exercised the most). Some features of the life of study: It is the best (since reason is the highest element in us). It is the most continuous (we can study longer than do any manual labor, etc.) It is pleasant It is most self-sufficient (since it requires very few things in addition) It aims at no end beyond itself It involves leisure It is a god-like life that involves the most divine element in us Conclusion: the life of study is the happiest. The second happiest life:
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