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PHIL 103-06 October 19, 2015 3 Greatest Philosophers o S – Socrates: 470 – 399 B.C. o P – Plato 424 – 348 B.C. o A – Aristotle 384 – 322 B.C. Virtue Ethics Nichomachean Ethics Subject of Ethics o What is the point/goal of living? Happiness Ok, but what is happiness? Method – note the general connection between these 3 concepts o Telos – goal, end, aim, etc. o To ergon – work, function, etc. o Aretē – skill, excellence Example – Artifact: Doorstop o Telos – to keep a door open o To ergon – keeping a door open o Aretē – form, weight, friction Example – Artifact: Clock o Telos – to keep track of time o To ergon – accurately counting units of time
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