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Will as Commitment and ResolveAn Existential Account of Creativity, Love, Virtue, and Happiness$
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John J. Davenport

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225750

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225750.001.0001

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Psychological Eudaimonism: A Reading of Aristotle

Psychological Eudaimonism: A Reading of Aristotle

(p.171) 6 Psychological Eudaimonism: A Reading of Aristotle
Will as Commitment and Resolve

John Davenport

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on Aristotle's eudaimonism as a case study and argues that when eudaimonia in the Nicomachean Ethics is understood as holistically including all other human goods, we can construct a theory known as A-eudaimonism, in which there is a unique highest good, the desire for which embraces and underlies all other desires. The question is whether such a conception of motivation is compatible with the virtue ethics that it is supposed to support. In providing an interpretative reconstruction of several key ideas in Nicomachean Ethics, some reference to St. Thomas Aquinas's Treatise on Happiness is made. This chapter also discusses three criteria for the highest good, along with self-sufficiency as a maximally comprehensive or holistically inclusive relation, maximal inclusivism, virtue inclusivism, and dominant-end models.

Keywords:   Aristotle, eudaimonism, A-eudaimonism, Nicomachean Ethics, human good, highest good, desire, motivation, virtue ethics, self-sufficiency

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