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The Highest Intellectual Virtue in Aristotle

Author(s): Kemal Batak
Subject(s): Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Ancient Philosphy
Published by: Sakarya üniversitesi
Keywords: Aristotle; Contemplation; Philosophic wisdom; Virtue; Reason; God; Happiness;

Summary/Abstract: According to many commentators, on the one hand, Aristotle elaborates the concept of happiness as an action in coherence with all virtues in the first book of The Nicomachean Ethics, on the other hand, in the last book of The Nicomachean Ethics, he consubstantiates happiness with only one virtue, which is philosophical wisdom.In this article, I examine parts 7 and 8 of Book 10 of The Nicomachean Ethics,which are probably the most interesting and unexpected passages in the the book. These parts arethe most problematic areas whichbecame a subject matter of many books for the clarifications of the issues. Aristotle obviously claims that there is a relationship between the best intellectual virtue and God, giving him perfect happiness, which indicates that there is an intersection point among metaphysics, epistemology, ethic and philosophy of religion.In this context, the main aims of this article are, first, to describe the contemplative life which is causedby the highest intellectual virtue and to claim that this life is in harmony with the inclusivist theory.

  • Issue Year: 18/2016
  • Issue No: 33
  • Page Range: 17-28
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Turkish