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4/9/2008-Aristotle Lachs trying to convince us Aristotle’s view is balanced and sensible Happiness is activity in accordance with virtue What kind of activities? In Kant, we don’t listen to desire, in Butler we don’t listen to particular passions, in Mill we only listen to what will give satisfaction in the long consequences. Aristotle says do all the proper things. It’s okay to enjoy eating, giving into sexual desire (with right person at right time). All of human nature must be satisfied. Do all the things appropriate for human beings. You also have to have locomotion, be able to see the world. You need perception. You need thinking/reasoning, contemplating things. These are human activities. Don’t just think though. You’ve got to live AND reason. Fulfill all of human nature. Moral virtue vs. intellectual virtual (in beginning and end of books—books 1 and 10) Aristotle thinks moral virtue is not a good thing to have. Morality is a matter of habit. If you keep having to struggle, you will probably eventually end up doing the wrong thing. Need to have habit. How is it appropriate to drink? In a bar, but not at home alone. It’s appropriate to drink in a way to make
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