Aristotle's Ethics In the Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle develops a theory of the good life (eudiamonia) for humans. “Eudiamonia” is perhaps best translated as flourishing or living well and doing well. So when Aristotle speaks of the good life as the happy life, he does not mean that the good life is merely one of feeling happy or amused. Rather, as we will shortly see, the good life for a person is the active life of functioning well in those ways that are essential and unique to humans. Aristotle starts by considering some popular conceptions of the good life. 1. Pleasure? Ultimately, Aristotle will maintain that the good life is the most pleasurable life. But that is not to say that the pleasure seeker’s life is the good life. Rather, those who seek pleasure tend to seek it in the wrong places. Usually with the result of being distracted from leading the good life. 2. Wealth? Wealth is a means to further ends. The good life, according to Aristotle, is an end in itself. 3.
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