19. Aristotle's Ethics

  1. Mary Louise Gill2 and
  2. Pierre Pellegrin3
  1. Michael Pakaluk

Published Online: 8 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch19

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

How to Cite

Pakaluk, M. (2012) Aristotle's Ethics, in A Companion to Ancient Philosophy (eds M. L. Gill and P. Pellegrin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch19

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    National Center for Scientific Research (Paris), France

Author Information

  1. Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 2 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631210610

Online ISBN: 9781444305845



  • Aristotle's ethics;
  • Aristotle's search for the good, four elements in systematic searches;
  • Aristotle and the “Function Argument,” for looking out for the ultimate good;
  • Aristotle's and the Platonic notion of a “craft”;
  • Aristotle's view of the ultimate goal of human life, as leisure, a temporary freedom;
  • criteria of an ultimate good, search for the ultimate in life;
  • Aristotle and the ultimate human good, in activities, in accordance with a virtue;
  • speculative activity, expressive of philosophical wisdom, goal-like;
  • Aristotle's activity, of a virtue, goal-like (teleion), being worth doing for its own sake


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Goodness is Goal-like

  • Criteria of an Ultimate Good

  • A Particular Activity in Accordance with Virtue

  • The Systematic Examination of the Virtues

  • The Activity of Speculative Wisdom

  • Conclusion

  • Bibliography