Ideas from 'Eudemian Ethics' by Aristotle [333 BCE], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Eudemian Ethics I,II and VIII' by Aristotle (ed/tr Woods,Michael) [OUP 1992,0-19-824020-1]].

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8. Modes of Existence / E. Nominalism / 1. Nominalism / b. Nominalism about universals
The thesis of the Form of the Good (or of anything else) is verbal and vacuous
20. Action / B. Motives for Action / 3. Acting on Reason / b. Intellectualism
For Socrates, virtues are forms of knowledge, so knowing justice produces justice
22. Metaethics / A. Ethical Ends / 1. Value / e. Ultimate value
No one would choose life just for activities not done for their own sake
22. Metaethics / A. Ethical Ends / 5. Happiness / a. Nature of happiness
Horses, birds and fish are not happy, lacking a divine aspect to their natures
22. Metaethics / A. Ethical Ends / 5. Happiness / d. Routes to happiness
Happiness involves three things, of which the greatest is either wisdom, virtue, or pleasure
22. Metaethics / D. Consequentialism / 1. Consequentialism
We judge people from their deeds because we cannot see their choices (which matter more)
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 1. Virtue Theory / a. Nature of virtue
Virtue is different from continence
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 1. Virtue Theory / b. Basis of virtue
Excellence is the best state of anything (like a cloak) which has an employment or function
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / e. Character
Character (éthos) is developed from habit (ethos)
Character virtues (such as courage) are of the non-rational part, which follows the rational part
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 4. External Goods / a. External goods
Goods in the soul are more worthy than those outside it, as everybody wants them
26. Natural Theory / A. Heart of Nature / 2. Natural Purpose
It is folly not to order one's life around some end
Everything seeks, not a single good, but its own separate good
Eyes could be used for a natural purpose, or for unnatural seeing, or for a non-seeing activity
26. Natural Theory / A. Heart of Nature / 3. Natural Function
Each thing's function is its end