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January 29, 2008 I Page 6. The student should have some general knowledge and experience  of life . A Remember his audience –elite Athenians. Education in how to be virtuous. B Politics and ethics are about living well. i If you don’t know how to live well, if you don’t possess practical knowledge of what virtue is, you’ll get confused by the lectures. Practical knowledge of what virtue is is a minimal condition for understanding the lectures. ii The goal of this enquiry is not a theoretical analysis of the good life, but the goal is really to understand how one ought to act, and why, through a philosophical investigation of the good life. The foundation of experience is necessary in understanding the lectures. II Section IV The end is no doubt happiness, but views of happiness differ . A Returns to basic premise, which is teleological. B Why is it Athenians act well when they acquire virtue? C He assumes that all knowledge, every pursuit, aim at some good. What is the proper good, which everyone ought to pursue? Practical good = about practice or action –something that is worth pursuing, in actions. As opposed to theoretical good = e.g. truth.
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course PHIL 730 341 01 taught by Professor Colby during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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