Elizabeth Spartas RR2 9-17-2010 Core 250 Within the reading Aristotle discusses the idea of good and that of virtue in relation to happiness. He offers interesting and valid thoughts about the effects that these items might have on man. His thoughts and ideas are still applicable today, as they are not something that changes with the times, but rather remain a crucial piece of human nature. When taking what is god into account Aristotle presents the idea of “happiness as an end for itself,” being that happiness is never something that is sought in order to gain something more—it is always for the sake of being happy. One can consider many different factors that contribute to happiness and find that those factors are not even chosen as an end to themselves, because they lead to happiness. For instance, a person is virtuous and therefore feels in good spirits—the end is happiness (even if the person were to get a reward for their behavior). Aristotle goes on to conclude that perfect good is self-
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