Live Like an Aristotelian Week

Monday, October 18 – Sunday, October 24, 2021

Live Like an Aristotelian Week

Monday, October 18
Day 1: Virtue and Happiness

Tuesday, October 19
Day 2: Virtue as a Craft

Wednesday, October 20
Day 3: Virtue and the Mean

Thursday, October 21
Day 4: Virtue and Pleasure

Friday, October 22
Day 5: Virtue and Pleasure (cont’d)

Saturday, October 23
Day 6: Virtue and Bias

Sunday, October 24
Day 7: Virtue and Friendship

Over the next seven days you will be putting some of Aristotle’s views of the good life into practice. The main goal is to engage in intentional work on developing a virtue or character strength that matters to you. On each day of the week you will be assigned a particular activity to complete. Some of these activities will ask you to complete a task, reflect on a few questions, or engage in a thought experiment. Others will involve cultivating habits, changing your behavior with others in a certain way, or going about your everyday routine a little differently.

All of the philosophical exercises for this week are located on this page and you will need to complete them daily. This will consist of two steps:

  1. At the start of each day in the morning, you should read the assigned exercises and carry them out—you can keep this assignment open on your phone throughout the day for easy access.
  2. At the end of each day in the evening, you should submit in the designated dropbox a short private journal entry (1-2 paragraphs) on what you’ve learned.

Class periods and dialogue sessions that occur during this week will involve discussing and working on your exercises individually or in groups.

Readings for the assigned exercises and evening reflections this week are drawn from:

  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, translated by C.D.C. Reeve (Hackett, 2014)