Dialogue 38 (2-3):77-82 (1996)

Juliette Christie, née Cordero
University of California at Santa Barbara (PhD)
Thomas Nagel argues that Aristotle identifies rationality as the ergon idion of the human being. Against Nagel, I defend a reading of Aristotle which depicts a complex human ergon. This complex identity involves desire. It is in Book X of the Nichomachean Ethics that my understanding of Aristotle's position is clinched.
Keywords Aristotle on the human being, ergon idion, human nature, essential human being
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