January 31 - January 31, 2008 I Ergon argument about the...

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January 31, 2008 I Ergon argument –about the existence of a distinctive function or essence for man or human beings (above and beyond social roles). A The role that reason plays in this. B P. 16. The good life involves an activity, or an activity of the soul (not the theological conception, refers to the psyche –a kind of totality or whole –the emotional and the mental; Greeks beginning to study the nature of the human being, beginning to think about psychology); the entire faculty (which we call reason or rationality) is involved –this is what makes us distinct. C Activities or actions are involved –idea is that the function of man, the one that involves performing the right actions in the right ways for the right reasons and involving the right state or character of the individual. Whatever virtues or excellences that might be implicated in living the right life –follow the best and most perfect kind. P. 41. i A normative understanding, one imbued with value judgments. a Must be the best, performed well and rightly. 1 So the Greek view of the good life is a moral one. What is and is not the best way to live, then? ii
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