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The Quest for the Good Life


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Introduction 1: Svavar Hrafn Svavarsson: On Happiness and Godlikeness before Socrates 2: Julia Annas: Plato's Defence of Justice: the Wrong Kind of Reason? 3: Panos Dimas: Wanting to do what is just in the Gorgias 4: Oyvind Rabbas: Eudaimonia, human nature, and normativity: Reflections on Aristotle's project in Nicomachean Ethics Book I 5: Hallvard Fossheim: Aristotle on happiness and old age 6: Gabriel Richardson Lear: Aristotle on Happiness and Long Life 7: Goesta Groenroos: Why is Aristotle's vicious person miserable? 8: Panos Dimas: Epicurus on Pleasure, Desire and Friendship 9: Katerina Ierodiakonou: How feasible is the Stoic conception of eudaimonia? 10: Svavar Hrafn Svavarsson: The Pyrrhonian Idea of a Good Life 11: Alexandrine Schniewind: Plotinus' way of defining 'eudaimonia' in Ennead I 4 [46] 1-3 12: Eyjolfur Kjalar Emilsson: On happiness and time 13: Miira Tuominen: Why Do We Need Other People to Be Happy? Happiness and Concern for Others in Aspasius and Porphyry 13: Christian Tornau: Happiness in this Life? Augustine on the principle that virtue is self-sufficient for happiness Bibliography Index

About the Author

Oyvind Rabbas teaches philosophy at the University of Oslo. His area of specialization is ancient philosophy, particularly Plato and Aristotle, but he has a general interest in the history of philosophy, especially ethics, as well as in contemporary ethics. His publications include papers on Plato and Aristotle, as well as translations into Norwegian of Plato's Theaetetus and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. He is one of the main editors of the ongoing project of translating Aristotle's complete works into Norwegian. Miira Tuominen is University Lecturer at the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland) specialized in ancient philosophy. Having mainly worked on the theory of knowledge and philosophical psychology in antiquity as well as history of philosophy and intellectual history more generally, she has recently also published on suicide and its cultural implications. Her current research project as the Academy of Finland Research Fellow is concerned with ethics in late antiquity and titled 'Self-Interest and Other-Regard in Late Ancient Ethics' and she is working on a monograph on Porphyry's ethics of On Abstinence. Eyjolfur K. Emilsson is professor of philosophy at the University of Oslo. His area of specialization is ancient philosophy, particularly Plotinus and the Platonic-Aristotelian tradition, but he has a general interest in the history of philosophy. His publications include Plotinus on Sense-Perception (CUP, 1988) and Plotinus on Intellect (OUP, 2007), and Plotinus, Ennead VI. 4 & 5 (with Steven Strange, Parmenides Publishing 2014) as well as various articles on ancient philosophy. He has translated several Platonic dialogues: the Gorgias, the Meno and the Symposium and the Republic into Icelandic and the Sophist into Norwegian. Hallvard Fossheim is Associate Professor in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Bergen tand Professor II in ethics and political philosophy at the University of Tromso. Fossheim's research is focused on Plato and Aristotle, with a main interest in their moral psychology. He has also published in the areas of virtue ethics, new media, and research ethics.


There is an abundance of volumes on ancient ethics, but this one stands out in two ways. Firstly, it is not mainly about Aristotle, who is the canonical figure in ancient ethics, but also includes papers on Plato, Hellenistic schools, the Greek commentators, and Augustine. The inclusion of philosophers of late antiquity deserves special mention ... Secondly, this volume takes 'the notion of happiness as its primary focus' (5), where the intended contrast is presumably with volumes that focus primarily on virtue or excellence ... The greatest strength of this volume is that by shifting the focus from virtue to happiness it brings to light new issues, topics, and approaches, and shows that ancient ethics is richer, more complex and less homogeneous than is often assumed. Riin Sirkel, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Online

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