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Single Idea 2682

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 2. Wise People]

Full Idea

Aristotle believes, in short, that human life is not important enough for humans to spend their lives on.

Gist of Idea

Aristotle thinks human life is not important enough to spend a whole life on it


comment on Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE]) by Thomas Nagel - Aristotle on Eudaimonia p.12

Book Reference

'Essays on Aristotle's Ethics', ed/tr. Rorty,Amélie Oksenberg [University of California 1980], p.12

A Reaction

The explanation of why Aristotle values contemplation more highly than the moral virtues.