Aristotle phil

Aristotle phil - Aristotle, in his novel Nicomachean...

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Aristotle, in his novel Nicomachean Ethics , defines happiness as the highest good. He explains how happiness is not what everyone should aim in life but that happiness is what everyone aims for in life. Aristotle does not see people’s happiness as in whether they get happiness from an action or not. He describes people that see happiness as just a physical pleasure as imperfect and not necessarily good. He states that in order to be happy in life you must also be virtuous. For example, a glutton feels pleasure when he eats food or a sloth feels pleasure when he is lazy. Aristotle also argues that rashness is not a form of good or happiness either. Aristotle discusses that one must find a mean in the extremes of virtues and vices. He also states that people should avoid pleasures because it can confuse a person’s view on happiness. Aristotle sees happiness in how a person acts rather than who they are as a person. He sets out that there is no set rule to be able to lead the happy life. He sees that
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Padmanaban during the Spring '06 term at Kenyon.

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