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Several problems (aporias) are discussed: a) the meaning of the phrase "complete virtue" in the Eudemian Ethics; b) does the last chapter of EE explain this phrase? c) How do the "Common Books" (EN V, VI, and VII = EE IV, V, VI) apply to the problem of "complete virtue". Decarie approaches this problems from the direction of Plato's Laws 12. He describes the structure of "complete virtue" in EE and argues that the final chapter of EE is a reasonable conclusion to the book, and that the Common Books fit well with the rest of EE.


Presented to the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at its meeting with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in New York, December 1971. This paper has not been otherwise published, but may be seen as a preliminary study for Decarie's Éthique à Eudème. Vrin 1991.

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