Why is Aristotle’s vicious person miserable?
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)
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2015. 146-163 p.
Aristotle, happiness, vice, mental conflict, value clash, desire, apparent good
Research subject Philosophy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-121638ISBN: 978-0-19-874698-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-121638DiVA: diva2:860430
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2010-1399