08.12.2018: One Chapter of Nonfiction

Today's soundtrack is Fen: Winter.

This evening, I'm reading the thirteenth (and final!) chapter of the first book of Aristotle's Ethics.

Since we now know that happiness is "an activity of the soul in conformity with perfect goodness" (p. 51), what is goodness? More specifically, what is human goodness or happiness? It is a "right condition of the soul" (p. 51). There are two parts to the soul. One is rational; the other, irrational. The irrational part is the part that we nourish with food and sleep. The rational part of the soul we nourish with "wisdom, intelligence, prudence[, ...] liberality, and temperance" (p. 54).

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