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Aristotle maintains that the philosophical or theoretical life is the happiest life and that the political or practical life is the second happiest life, but his notion of the proper relation of these two lives is a matter of scholarly controversy. This paper outlines the various interpretative possibilities and attempts to mediate among them.


David Keyt presented “Intellectualism in Aristotle” to the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at its meeting with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in Washington DC, 1978. A revised version was published in Special Aristotle Issue of Paideia (1978), pp. 138-57, lightly revised and reprinted in J. P. Anton & A. Preus, eds. 1983. Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy, vol. 2. SUNY, 364-387. The very latest version (touched up once again) is to be found in David Keyt, Nature and Justice: Studies in the Ethical and Political Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle (Louvain-la-Neuve: Peeters, 2016), pp 73-99..

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