phil aristotle paper

phil aristotle paper - Mr. J Introduction to Philosophical...

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Mr. J Introduction to Philosophical Problems Herb Wilson January 24, 2008 “If…we state the function of man to be a certain kind of life, and this to be an activity or actions of the soul implying a rational principle, and the function of a good man to be the good and noble performance of these, and if any action is well performed when it is performed in accordance with the appropriate excellence…human good turns out to be activity of the soul in accordance with virtue, and if there are more than one virtue, in accordance with the best and most complete.” –Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics This quotation at first glance, seems to make little or no sense to the average reader, but when examined closer a true line of thought can be seen. In Aristotle’s writings, he tries to explain the meaning of life, or the end at which our actions aim, as a common good. This common good refers to one’s happiness or eudaimonia. When translated appropriately, eudaimonia is a sense of well-being or flourishing. The well-
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PHIL 0080 taught by Professor Hubbes during the Spring '08 term at Pittsburgh.

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