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Key Concepts Context Key Arguments Cities Need Justice Reasonable laws, right actions, and good leadership help communities flourish. Humans Need Reason The human soul is designed to encourage rational thought and smart decision-making. Pleasure in Moderation Virtuous people will enjoy themselves in the right way, at the right time, and just the right amount. Ancient Greek Thought Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle explored universal theories; Sophists touted ethical relativism. What Are Ethics? Aristotle was one of the first Greek ethicists, who studied concepts of right and wrong behavior. Impact of Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle influenced Jewish, Christian, and Islamic theology. Arete Virtue and excellence, including good character, is called arete and is sufficient for happiness. Eudaimonia Daily practice of virtue is necessary for a life of eudaimonia, or happiness and well-being. Telos Aristotle explains why an ultimate aim or purpose, telos, is possible and important. Polis The distinct political and personal lives of the polis, or city-state in ancient Greece, interested Aristotle because he was a philosopher and citizen. Aristotle, Book 2, Chapter 7 rror is easy andcorrectness is difficult. Called “the master of those who know” by Dante Alighieri, Aristotle studied nature scientifically, invented the logical syllogism, and wrote ethical treatises. His school in Athens—the Lyceum—held peripatetic, or walking, outdoor classes. The Nicomachean Ethics connects virtue to political science and shows his diverse love of wisdom. ARISTOTLE384–322 BCE Author Nicomachean Ethicsby the Numbers Aristotle’s age when he went to study at Plato’s Academy Types of friendship Aristotle identifies in the Nicomachean Ethics Works Aristotle wrote Aristotle’s works that survive today 31 17 3 ~200 Everyone wants to do the right thing. But how do they know what’s right? Philosophical giant Aristotle takes on the big question: how to find the highest good in life. His Nicomachean Ethics influenced centuries of political philosophy and gives enduring advice for seekers of happiness. How Can We Be Truly Happy? MAIN IDEAS Wisdom as Happiness True happiness comes through study, understanding, and contemplation. Friendship & Political Community Just societies encourage strong personal relationships. The Golden Meanof Virtue In feelings and actions, people should aim for a moderate state, not an extreme. Humans’ Ethical Responsibilities Humans are accountable for the way they treat others. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy,National Institutes of Health, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Greek Original Language c. 335–325 BCE Years Written Aristotle Author NicomacheanEthics Philosophy Nonfiction

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