Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

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Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics     Every art has a goal Every action is aimed at some good Therefore, good is the thing at which all things are aimed. What is the chief goal/good Eudaimonia (living well) Against Plato’s view Of good existing in the world of forms Living well = happiness = “eudaimonia” Morality and goodness are in being not doing The three types of life Life of pleasure Life of Politics Life of Philosophy/Contemplation Three parts of life Nutritive – same level as plants Appetitive – same level as animal Rational wisdom – unique to man
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What is the role or function of humans? Activity of soul in accordance with virtue If there is more than one virtue, in accordance with the best A good life is finding a balanced harmony of the three different parts of life Virtue Virtue and pleasure Cause and effect
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