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Fatima Elzin Philosophy 1010C 11/3/09 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.”  
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Unformatted text preview: The contemplative life thesis is also another suggestion of Aristotle’s to live a happy life. Aristotle’s different views on happiness lead us to observe a sense of ambiguity in his concept of happiness. Aristotle’s account of eudaimonia fails to pass his own test of self-sufficiency. Throughout Nicomachean Ethics , Aristotle presents a series of necessities that lead to happiness, yet they tend to be contradictory compared to his other views. Although he presents his self-sufficiency thesis, he leads us to believe that something that is completely self- sufficient is impossible and maybe even godly....
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