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The Environment In this paper, I will discuss several components of the good life that Aristotle lays out in his renowned work, "Nicomachean Ethics. The two most important questions to Aristotle were what is the good life and how can one achieve it.
He believed happiness was dependent on virtue or a variety of conditions both physical and mental. He believed friendship, virtue and the study of the highest things where criteria of the good life. Aristotle argued virtue is reached by maintaining the Mean.
Virtue involves the middle choice between two extremes the excess and the deficiency. Some of these moral virtues include courage, wit, modesty, and generosity these are what he considers the Mean. Aristotle also believed humans can exhibited too much or too little moral virtues deficiency, excess.
Some of these include cowardliness, shamelessness, rashness and bashfulness. Virtue prompts a person to make a reasonable decision. According to Aristotle happiness is the activity of the soul and we demonstrate these virtues by voluntary means.
Aristotle looks to nature to explain happiness. He says every living thing has a soul. Because plants seek nourishment to grow vegetative they have a soul.An Essay on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, Pp.
viii, $ ISBN One of the major puzzles in the Nicomachean Ethics is the ambiguity of what Aristotle considers the highest good.
In most of the treatise he argues that it is a life of virtues with some measure of bodily and external goods. In the Nicomachean Ethics', Aristotle begins to discuss ethics and the function of humans along with the fulfillment of happiness through virtue. In Book X, Aristotle begins to explore the ideas of the contemplative life.
Happy Lives and the Highest Good. An Essay on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (review) Peter Lautner Classical World, Volume , Number 2, Winter , pp.
Happiness in Aristotle’s work: The Nicomachean Ethics Essay However, if this was true happiness would be a mental state and one would be happy while sleeping (ba3).
Similarly, many associate honor and politics with happiness. Gabriel Richardson Lear presents a bold new approach to one of the enduring debates about Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: the controversy about whether it coherently argues that the best life for humans is one devoted to a single activity, namely philosophical contemplation.
Essay on Nicomachean Ethics: Friendship, Virtue and Happiness - In the writings of Aristotle, seen in Nicomachean Ethics, it is evident that Aristotle believes that friendship is necessary for a virtuous and therefore happy life.