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Don’t Imitate, be Original In order to become something you have to become a copycat. This is essentially  the argument that Aristotle poses in Nicomachean Ethics. The question centers on how  one can become something or acquire a certain moral virtue by imitating someone that  already possesses that virtue.  This argument creates a vicious cycle. Aristotle’s  argument holds untrue because it is an incomplete argument. Imitation only is only one  component of acquiring these moral virtues. The other two components of acquiring  moral virtues are self-motivation and actions that relate specifically to those virtues.  Both of these other components help the agent acquire the moral virtues they desire. Aristotle’s first premise of ethics is that there are no precise rules in ethics. He  also believes that every mean has an end which is a mean to another end. With all of  these means and ends the ultimate end is eudaimonia, which can be defined as the  epitome of happiness. Eudaimonia differs for everyone. The question is how one  reaches eudaimonia. Aristotle argues that one has to live an ethical life in order to  obtain eudaimonia. He believes that looking at human good is a good beginning to  finding happiness. Human good is also often associated with the word virtue. Virtue has  many different meanings but according to Aristotle, virtue is   defined as the organization 
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of desire which enables men to live a truly happy life, and is states of the soul. Virtue is 
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course PHIL 115 taught by Professor Gursoy during the Spring '08 term at Emory.

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