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Unformatted text preview: and realist account of human nature and the moral life. Being a biologist as well as a philosopher, Aristotle's theory of human nature is a functional account of all live beings. Believing that everything in nature has moral-political citizens, using practical reason to solve our problems and resolve our conflicts of interest. The highest form of life for the best humans was that of the philosopher, who engaged in contemplation, the life of the gods. Aristotle's ethics is connected to his politics and center on the virtues. Virtues are inculcated by a good upbringing in a good society and lea to happiness (eudaimnonia). Happiness is an objective state of affairs, which requires health, friends, family, as well as good character. The wise person (phronimos) uses reason to navigate through life, living in moderation, by the golden mean, avoiding excesses....
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2012 for the course PHIL 100C taught by Professor Penaluna during the Spring '12 term at St. Johns Duplicate.
- Spring '12