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Headword: *(upoteli\s
Adler number: upsilon,603
Translated headword: subordinate end
Vetting Status: high
['Subordinate end'] and [sc. true] 'end' are different according to philosophers: for those who are not wise aim at the former, whereas only the wise man aims at the latter. The things that are between virtue and vice [sc. he declared] to be undifferentiated.
Greek Original:
*(upoteli\s kai\ te/los kata\ filoso/fous diafe/rei: th=s me\n ga\r kai\ tou\s mh\ sofou\s stoxa/zesqai, tou= de\ mo/non to\n sofo/n. ta\ de\ metacu\ a)reth=s kai\ kaki/as a)dia/fora ei)=nai.
From Diogenes Laertius 7.165, on the Stoic philosopher Herillus of Carthage (who has no Suda entry of his own, but see under tau 282).
The end (telos) is "to be happy". The notion of "subordinate end" accounts for the fact that, before a human being is able to use the reasoning faculty, he or she has a natural or instinctive tendency to think of his or her life as a whole (see Annas [1993] 39-40). In a doxography which reminds us of the Stoic theory of "familiarization" or "appropriation" (oikeiosis), for which see omicron 601), we read: "The first affection familiar to the animal is the subordinate end; from such an affection the animal started to be aware of its own constitution, this not being rational but irrational or without reason (alogon)" (Stobaeus, Excerpts 2.47.12-14).
J. Annas, The Morality of Happiness (Oxford 1993)
Keywords: biography; daily life; definition; ethics; philosophy
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 11 January 2000@11:16:51.
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David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 16 January 2003@08:53:00.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 2 January 2006@11:34:57.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented note; cosmetics) on 27 October 2008@09:38:04.
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