Single Idea 104

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / g. Contemplation]

Full Idea

Contemplation (with enough self-sufficiency, leisure and energy) is the perfect happiness for man.

Gist of Idea

Contemplation (with the means to achieve it) is the perfect happiness for man


Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1177b17)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Ethics (Nicomachean)', ed/tr. ThomsonJ A K/TredennickH [Penguin 1976], p.330

A Reaction

I assume this is successful and elevating contemplation, rather than sinking into depression as one contemplates human folly and wickedness. Stick to anodyne contemplations?