Aristotle on the Final End
Q&A Radio: 30 June 2013, Question 1
I answered a question on Aristotle on the final end on 30 June 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Is Aristotle's argument for flourishing as the final end valid? In the "Nicomachean Ethics," Aristotle argues that flourishing (or happiness) is the proper final end. What is that argument? Does it have merit? How does it differ from Ayn Rand's argument for life as the standard of value?
My Answer, In Brief: Aristotle's argument for happiness – or rather flourishing – as the proper final end for persons is interesting and well-founded, even if not as fundamental as Ayn Rand's argument for life as the standard of value.
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- Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle (Ross Translation)
- NoodleFood: Aristotle on the Final End: Reading from the Nicomachean Ethics
- Philosophy in Action: The Meaning of Life as the Standard of Value
- The Objectivist Ethics by Ayn Rand (in The Virtue of Selfishness)
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