Phil 164-17 - Phil16417 15:17 , :.Theessence ,me...

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Phil 164-17 15:17 Eudemonia – human flourishing. Living the very best life a human can live, commonly translated as happiness. The function of a human being: rational activity in accordance with virtue. The essence  of a thing is its function – that which makes me, me. There are some things (properties) so that if you took the property away, you cease to  be you. The diminishment of cognitive capacity? If you took away your rational capacities, so  you would no longer be who you are. A life of human flourishing – exercising one’s rational capacities, in accordance with  “excellence” and “virtue”. That is to live the life of human flourishing. Does a human being have a function? Does a human being’s function rely on the  designer? (the function relies on the designer’s intentions) Virtues are good whether we want them or not, that’s a contingent matter of fact. We 
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This note was uploaded on 10/24/2011 for the course PHIL 164 taught by Professor Doviak during the Fall '07 term at UMass (Amherst).

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Phil 164-17 - Phil16417 15:17 , :.Theessence ,me...

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