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November 13 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm


Aristotle by Jusepe de Ribera
Oil on canvas
(H: 124 × W: 99 cm)

Ribera’s image of Aristotle is one of six imaginary portraits of ancient philosophers commissioned in 1636 by the prince of Liechtenstein. The artist’s conception of Aristotle as an ordinary man wearing a scholar’s skullcap and a ragged robe, a “beggar philosopher,” is a type that enjoyed great popularity in the 17th century. Ribera’s direct, naturalistic style and his dramatic use of light, both of which derive from Caravaggio, combine to create a powerful evocation of a philosopher deep in thought (Gallery label).

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis


“Introduction” by Lesley Brown (pages vii-xxix) and books I-II (1094a1-1109b26) (pages 3-37) in Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

Topic of Discussion

We have seen in Timaeus that Plato understood the universe to have a telos, a goal or purpose. For our discussion be prepared to share you perspectives on (1) how Aristotle determines that the telos (τέλος), i.e., the ultimate end, objective, or purpose, of a human being is eudaimonia (εὐδαιμονία), which Ross translates as “happiness,” (2) how that differs from Plato’s vision for the telos of human beings, and (3) how Aristotle develops the definition of virtue (aretē, ἀρετή).


November 13
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
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