Review of Gabriel Richardson Lear's 'Happy Lives and the Highest Good: An Essay on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics'
Ancient Philosophy, Vol. 26, pp. 206-209, 2006
7 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2010 Last revised: 6 Dec 2015
Date Written: July 8, 2005
I review Gabriel Richardson Lear's excellent essay on Aristotle’s conception of the human good. She solves some long-standing problems in the interpretation of Aristotle’s ethics by drawing on resources in his natural philosophy and Plato’s conception of love. Her interpretation is a compelling and, to my mind, largely true account of Aristotle’s view. In this review, I summarize the book's main argument and then explain two fundamental points on which I have concerns.
Keywords: Arisotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Ancient Ethics, Human Good
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