September 9

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Breakout – Sec 02 in Downey, Sec 03 in Fisk, Sec 01 and 04 together online

Final Ends

In addition to means/ends analysis, many philosophers hold that there is some ultimate “final good” that our actions aim at.  We will introduce this notion with a short text from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, wherein he argues that the final end or final good is eudaimonia, a term translated variously as “happiness” or “flourishing”, and passages from Plato.  We will then test theory against our own experiences as these have become elucidated in the Desire Exercises. Part of the period will also be spent learning about philosophical arguments and the terminology used to talk about them.

Before Class

After Class