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Single Idea 38

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 4. External Goods / a. External goods]

Full Idea

A man is scarcely happy if he is very ugly to look at, or of low birth, or solitary and childless.

Clarification

'Happy' is the Greek word 'eudaimon', also sometimes translated as 'flourishing'

Gist of Idea

A man can't be happy if he is ugly, or of low birth, or alone and childless

Source

Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1099b03)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Ethics (Nicomachean)', ed/tr. ThomsonJ A K/TredennickH [Penguin 1976], p.80