The Idea of Good in Husserl and Aristotle

  • Susi Ferrarello
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU)


What is the perfect good that everyone has to pursue? Does it exist a universal idea of good? Is it possible to get a science grounded on the idea of good? In this paper I would like to answer these questions by a comparison between Aristotle’s and Husserl’s ethics. Indeed, taking as a reference point the Aristotelian notion of eudaimonía, I would like to discuss the connection, if any, between Husserl’s and Aristotle’s idea of good. My aim is to detect a specific notion of what good is and how it can be explained by a phenomenological research. Essentially the questions I raise are: “Is well-being a moral target to which everyone should tend? What is exactly the good and has it do with well-being?” To a certain extent, Aristotle and Husserl seem to interpret the good as one of the moral aims but it is not so clear how it can be a universal and shared value by the human kosmos. Thence to answer these questions in this paper I will work on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and on Husserl’s ethics of 1914.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susi Ferrarello
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyLoyola UniversityRomeItaly
  2. 2.University of RomeCampagnano di RomaItaly

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