Single Idea 110

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

Full Idea

The lower animals have no share in happiness, being completely incapable of contemplation.

Gist of Idea

Lower animals cannot be happy, because they cannot contemplate


Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1178b25)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Ethics (Nicomachean)', ed/tr. ThomsonJ A K/TredennickH [Penguin 1976], p.333

A Reaction

I've heard it suggested that the recipe for human happiness is to be good looking and rather dim. Very few people can be seriously good at contemplation.