Happiness for Aristotle is the activity of the soul in accordance with virtue. Virtue is shown in the deliberate choice of actions as part of a worked-out plan of life, a plan which takes a middle course between excess and deficiency. This is the famous doctrine of the golden mean - courage, for example, is a mean between cowardice and rashness, and justice between a man's getting more or less than his due. The supreme happiness, according to Aristotle, is to be found in a life of philosophical contemplation; but this is only possible for the few, and a secondary kind of happiness is available in a virtuous life of political activity and public magnificence....Continua
Discourse on happiness very sensible and inspiring.
After listening to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, I decided to go back and work through this book (the last time was 30 years ago). So far, it is as good as I remember it. There are little quirks here and there, but the general point of Aristotle's argument is compelling. Alas, I've gotten busy with other things so have stopped reading for now....Continua