Political Animals in the Nicomachean Ethics

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Roberts, Jean. "Political Animals in the Nicomachean Ethics." Phronesis 34 (1989): 185-204. Reprinted in The Philosopher's Annual, 12 (1989).

Aristotle claimed that the happiest life for a human being is the life of moral virtue. The life of courage, temperance, justice, and the other virtues of character is better for the person living that life than a life that lacks those virtues. Having the sort of character which leads in a predictable way to actions which are, on the whole, socially beneficial ones, is in the best interest of any individual.

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