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Eudémonisme politique et ontologie de l’action dans la Politique d’Aristote (Pol., VII, 3, 1325b14-32)

Abstract : In the last lines of Pol. VII, 3, Aristotle states that the happy city acts nobly. This implies that the city has a practical life, and that this life has its end in itself. This claim seems to contradict the famous distinction, which has been made elsewhere by Aristotle, between the practical and theoretical (or contemplative) lives. It is argued in this paper that there is, here, neither contradiction nor inconsistency in Aristotle’s conception of human action. Some readings, according to which this passage deals with the role of the philosophers in the happy city, are also ruled out. The proposed solution consists in showing that this text refers to a broader conception of action, one that is beyond the sphere of human practical activities: any genuine praxis has its goal in itself, even when it produces external effects.
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Pierre-Marie Morel. Eudémonisme politique et ontologie de l’action dans la Politique d’Aristote (Pol., VII, 3, 1325b14-32). Polis, Brill Academic Publishers, 2019, pp.23-39. ⟨10.1163/20512996-12340193⟩. ⟨halshs-02110276⟩

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