Reading 4 Aristotle Happiness and Virtue

Reading 4 Aristotle Happiness and Virtue - be felt both too...

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Aristotle: Happiness and Virtue Review: 1. People of superior refinement and of active disposition identify happiness with honour. Men seem to pursue honour in order that they may be assured of their goodness. According to them virtue is better. Happiness is good life and good action. Pleasure is a state of soul. Virtuous acts must be in themselves pleasant. The definition of happiness is said to be a virtuous activity of soul of a certain kind. Virtue is a state of character. 2. Moral virtues is aiming at the intermediate. For instance, both fear and confidence and appetite and anger and pity and in general pleasure and pain may
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Unformatted text preview: be felt both too much and too little. Moral virtues is a mean that is between two vices. 3. Happiness must be a form of contemplation, and the life of the man who is active in accordance with virtue will be happy. Discussion: 1. According to Aristotle it’s wrong because happiness must be a form of contemplation and virtue which is the greatest form of happiness. 2. Aristotle says that philosophers are happier because happiness is a form of contemplation. However, if being contemplative doesn’t give as much pleasure as a vice than getting pleasure from vice is better....
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