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Single Idea 7099

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. The Good / 2. Happiness / b. Eudaimonia]

Full Idea

In a rich conception of human flourishing, both individuals and societies seem to be able to flourish without the virtues.

Gist of Idea

With a broad concept of flourishing, it might be possible without the virtues


Daniel Statman (Introduction to Virtue Ethics [1997], 5)

Book Reference

'Virtue Ethics', ed/tr. Statman,Daniel [Edinburgh 1997], p.19

A Reaction

I can see Aristotle clutching his head in despair at this thought. It might look like flourishing, but it couldn't be the real thing. It is Aristotle's fault, though, for including external goods. Money and pleasure offer a kind of flourishing.