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Scott Mettler - essay 3 wr121

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Mettler Scott Mettler March, 6 2007 WR 121_022 Final Draft Living the ‘Good’ Life Aristotle, Epictetus and Immanuel Kant offer great opinions on what life truly means. Using thousands of years of thought by recognized figures, I’ll create my ideas on life purpose. In my opinion, these three philosophers have not individually defined what living with purpose is. My idea of life purpose comes from a collaboration three philosophers including Aristotle, Epictetus and Immanuel Kant’s views. Aristotle held the belief that all things, living or not, has a telos or purpose. Fulfilling the telos is the standard of what makes life good. For a man to live a good life, he is to accomplish his purpose in life: happiness. The means to achieve happiness is not wealth or honor; it is the idea of living or doing well. Aristotle outlines several different ‘goods’. Goods of the soul include moral virtues and intellectual virtues such as plurality of interests, time of contemplation, truthfulness, generosity and good character (Aristotle). Being a well rounded person in the arts such as literature, music and other different sciences gives man plurality of interest. The goods of the body are important for happiness, such as personal health. Health is important because it allows a clear mind for contemplation and enjoyment actions. Aristotle also wrote that external factors are good. Material comforts like artwork, nice furniture and other pleasing resources man could acquire (Aristotle). Friendship is an important external good as well. Aristotle believed that there are different levels of friendship. By attaining these factors of happiness, Aristotle believes life will be truly good. 1
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Mettler Epictetus wrote that in life there are many natural forces. He states there are two different kinds of natural powers that affect how we live. The first natural element is controlled by man. These include decisions we make day to day and it is important because those actions allow us to exercise our free will. Secondly, there are natural influences of which we cannot control. We cannot control natural disasters that could wipe out homes or car crashes that kill family members. Epictetus states that we should not concern ourselves with those natural elements
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