Study Guide

The Nicomachean Ethics Book 1, Chapter 11 (1101a22-1101b9)

By Aristotle

Book 1, Chapter 11 (1101a22-1101b9)

  • Aristotle's not willing to let go of the idea that the fortunes of a person's descendants have something to do with the person's happiness.
  • He's speaking of people that are both living and dead. For the living, it certainly makes a difference whether friends and descendants are well and prospering.
  • It depends, however, on when things befall them and how close they are to you.
  • The same kind of thing happens with the dead.
  • They're affected by the fortunes of their loved ones, but not so much that they can be made happy or miserable (if they weren't already).