Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy . . .


. . . and wise? The proverbial health and wealth part, maybe, but as to wisdom - or what the Germans (interestingly enough) call "Vice-Height" - I have my doubts, for I have learned much from my failures and misfortunes, usually involving wisdom gained dear from direct experience, so I tinker at being a thinker



At 5:47 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

Jeffery, how do you define "Eudaemonia"?

At 9:03 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

"Good Demonship," of course. Just kidding. Maybe "balanced happiness"?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 12:43 PM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

I like "balanced happiness". Sounds like that translation is influenced by Aristotle's notion of the proper mean, but is that how Aristotle uses the word?

I use these in class:

1) Good Spirit
2) Thriving.
3) Happiness (via Jefferson)
4) Property, i.e. possessing the resources that set you free to choose to love God back, which is sort of Locke via Jefferson (and maybe back again).
4) Happiness (via Aristotle, as in, "According to Aristotle, 'Plato's good man is the happy man.'")

But I don't know Greek; so, really, it's all Greek to me. Q.E.D.

At 1:37 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Ah, yes, QED, Latin for quite easily done!

Jeffery Hodges

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