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dc.contributor.advisorTuck, Richard
dc.contributor.authorTontiplaphol, Don
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-25T18:59:11Z
dash.embargo.terms2015-02-04en_US
dc.date.issued2014-02-25
dc.date.submitted2014
dc.identifier.citationTontiplaphol, Don. 2014. Hunting for Happiness: Aristotle and the Good of Action. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.en_US
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/gsas.harvard:11307en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:11744464
dc.description.abstractThe starting point of the dissertation is a special kind of intentional action -- Aristotelian praxis, or, in a more metaphysical register, energeia -- a kind whose agent's intention in acting must be expressible as the deliverance of one's prohairesis (``deliberate choice''), action that is the embodiment of one's conception of eupraxia (``acting well''), and, equivalently, of eudaimonia (``happiness''). It is special, since not all that we intentionally do can be intelligibly expressed as the deliverance of our conceptions of acting well. Recognition of the gaps between action in general and intentional action more specifically, and between intentional action and prohairetic action, sets the stage for a reinterpretation, not only of core aspects of Aristotle's Ethics, but also of central features of Aristotle's political recommendations. The interpretation defended here centers on the claim that, for Aristotle, defective political communities are often marked, not so much by an erroneous conception of human virtue, but by defective forms of action, forms in which agents fail to apply certain concepts to what they do. Importantly, such failures do not hang on the different failure to apply concepts correctly: the failure to act prohairetically need not come to the failure to grasp the correct conception of human virtue or of human happiness.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipGovernmenten_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
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dc.subjectPolitical Scienceen_US
dc.subjectPhilosophyen_US
dc.subjectActionen_US
dc.subjectAnscombeen_US
dc.subjectAristotleen_US
dc.subjectCommon advantageen_US
dc.subjectIntentionen_US
dc.subjectProhairesisen_US
dc.titleHunting for Happiness: Aristotle and the Good of Actionen_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorTontiplaphol, Don
dash.embargo.until10000-01-01
thesis.degree.date2014en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGovernmenten_US
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Universityen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberThompson, Dennisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBeerbohm, Ericen_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedTontiplaphol, Don


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