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Unformatted text preview: 11-15-10 *aristotle-nicomachean ethics *you can't have clear-cut rules for ethics *instead of rules, he paints a picture of what the excellent man would be like/what he would do *highest good for humans is happiness *Aristotle's conception of virtue is his conception of human nature *rooted in observation *human needs give us the structure of what is good for us “Every craft and every line of inquiry and likewise every action and decision, seems to seek some good” *everything we do is aimed at some end that we perceive is something good *human activity is built around trying to achieve some goal-we have a purpose *inquiry is good because search for truth is intrinsically good *some ends (goals) are better than others *there's an action and what is accomplished by the action *some activities are an end in itself-you do things for the sake of doing them *some activities are a means to another end *when there is a goal other than the action itself, then that goal is more important than the activity *the end is more important than the means *there is a hierarchy of goods because there is a hierarchy of ends *highest good is an end in itself, it is not done for the sake of something else *you can't look for universal truths, because if you have too high a standard for truth, you will never get anywhere *practical standpoint *because age comes with experience, it is hard to be wise/prudent when you are young *key to virtue is managing feelings and impulses ...
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