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Phil – January 29, 2010 Aristotle’s Ethics Aristotle: Goods Instrumental goods: desired for the sake of something else o Ex: keys: he desires the keys to get into his home, his car, etc o Ex: money, car, a degree Intrinsic goods: desired for their own sake o Ex: friendship, health, happiness Happiness One thing is always desired for its own sake, never for the sake of something else: happiness At times, instrumental goods and intrinsic goods are components of happiness Happiness ( eudaimonia ) = living well = flourishing o Not just at that moment, but broadly. Are you living your life well? o Respect from other people, purpose, success, comfort, health Sometimes when people win the lottery, it destroys ones sense of purpose What does that require? o Prosperity and luck, love, friends—many things external to us—but also something internal Living Well What is it to live well? Analogies: o A good knife cuts well Because it’s sharp, because its function is to do so o
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