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Why is Aristotle’s vicious person miserable?
Stockholm University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8426-8156
2015 (English)In: The Quest for the Good Life: Ancient Philosophers on Happiness / [ed] Ø. Rabbås, E.K. Emilsson, H. Fossheim and M. Tuominen, Oxford University Press, 2015, 146-163 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The question raised in this paper is why Aristotle portrays the bad person as being in a miserable state. It is argued that the bad person suffers from a mental conflict, which consists in a clash between two different kinds of desire, and that fulfilling one of the desires violates values that she also desires. But in contrast to the akratic person, the bad person has no proper conception of the good. Nevertheless, although the bad person may succeed in achieving what she thinks is good, she feels miserable not only on account of failing to fulfil her desire for the truly good life, but also on account of doing things that she finds degrading for her.

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Oxford University Press, 2015. 146-163 p.
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Aristotle, happiness, vice, mental conflict, value clash, desire, apparent good
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-121638ISBN: 978-0-19-874698-0OAI: diva2:860430
Swedish Research Council, 2010-1399
Available from: 2015-10-12 Created: 2015-10-12 Last updated: 2015-10-12

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