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Unformatted text preview: Fatima Elzin Philosophy 1010C 10/1/09 Dr. Reagan J Penaluna In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics many suggestions on how to obtain happiness are presented. The purpose of this work is to aid us in determining what a life of happiness consists of, yet Aristotle has many solutions to this question. Aristotle introduces his social/political life thesis and his contemplative life thesis as resolutions to the question: What is happiness? Although Aristotle does provide with answers for this question, there is much ambiguity in his concept of happiness. Aristotle suggests that happiness is obtained through self sufficiency in his statement “For the complete good seems to be self-sufficient.” His social/political life thesis suggests that family and friends are essential to happiness, yet that is not self sufficient because you are relying on someone else as a mean to happiness. Aristotle also states that the “goods of soul” relying on someone else as a mean to happiness....
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- Spring '10
- Philosophy, contemplative life thesis, social/political life thesis