Aristotle Paper Interpretation Draft

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George Fountain III March 29, 2010 PHIL 201- “The Classical Mind,” Section 1 Clinical Assistant Professor Wilson Aristotle Paper ( 4.1126b11-1127a11) Interpretation: Aristotle’s position on social virtues describes friendliness and obsequiousness as the most important qualities for a “good friend.” 1 In social groups, it is important to know that consistent behavior brings true feelings and true friends. This is because the status of friends is determined “by considering what is noble and beneficial.” 2 The man “who quarrels with everything is, as has been said, churlish and contentious.” 3 This makes the case that there is no such behavior as in-between because the behavior exhibited by a man is either consistent or random. There is no such thing as a sometimes friend or sometimes virtuous
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Unformatted text preview: person because in the end or eventually, the side motives that can exist with individuals will sneak out and become exposed. Without the pure mindset and thinking for a friend, it is easy to be swindled or tricked into just about anything. A pleasurable friendship exists when “two people discover that they have common interest in an activity which they can pursue together.” 4 1 Ostwald, Nicomachean Ethics . (Prentice Hall, 1999), 1126b22. 2 Ostwald, Nicomachean Ethics . (Prentice Hall, 1999), 1127a8. 3 Ross, “Nicomachean Ethics.”(2009) 1 Even though pleasure can not be reached at a continuous level in relation to time, it is possible to share pleasurable moments within a select group. 4 Kemerling, Garth. "Aristotle: Ethics and Virtues." (2001) 1...
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