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2. Eudaimonia and Egocentricity
About this Lecture
In this module, we explore the concept of eudaimonia alongside that of egocentricity: does Aristotle's view that we should 'act well' lead us to act selfishly? Should we 'act well' for ourselves, or for others?
In this course, Professor Anthony Price (Birkbeck College, London) explores Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. In the first module, we explore the central concept of eudaimonia, or happiness, in Aristotle's ethics, before turning in the second module to the concept of egocentricity: does Aristotle's view that we should 'act well' demand that we act well for others, or simply for ourselves? In the third module, we explore one of the most well-known concepts in Aristotle's ethics—the idea of virtue as mean—as well as the concept of the unity of virtues. In the fourth module, we turn to several related terms within the general concepts of thought and action, before exploring the concept of contemplation in the fifth module. A shorter final module offers a conclusion to the course as a whole, as well as providing some reading suggestions.
Anthony Price is a professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. His research relates to Greek ethics and moral psychology, and contemporary ethics. Price was educated at Winchester School and the University of Oxford. He taught at the University of York from 1972-1995.
Cite this Lecture
Price, A. (2018, August 15). Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics - Eudaimonia and Egocentricity [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/aristotle-nicomachean-ethics/eudaimonia-and-egocentricity-bbc7993d-d824-4cdf-ae00-71b066af2e3e
Price, Anthony. "Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics – Eudaimonia and Egocentricity." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/aristotle-nicomachean-ethics/eudaimonia-and-egocentricity-bbc7993d-d824-4cdf-ae00-71b066af2e3e