A Philosophical Inquiry Into The Nature Of The Good Life For A Human Being

1384 Words Nov 21st, 2016 6 Pages
In his work, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle embarks on a philosophical inquiry into the nature of the good life for a human being. By living with the mean state and with moral virtue, the disposition to behave in the right manner and as a mean between extremes of deficiency and excess, Aristotle explains how human beings can reach the end purpose of life to achieve eudaimonia, human flourishing. Aristotle’s fundamental claims surrounding moral excellence and habituation allow people to enact the necessary process of moderating thinking and feeling to become morally excellent persons. In order to reach human thriving, persons must habituate themselves to continually make good choices of the mean state, so that through acting virtuously, they can develop moral excellence in all aspects of their lives.
In my experiment, I attempted to habituate temperance in relation to diet. Although somewhat rigorous, my parameters allowed me to succeed in moderating my unhealthy eating tendencies. My baseline parameter of eating three nutritionally balanced meals a day was the most challenging, especially with the limited options in the dining halls. I had relatively few issues with complying with my other parameters of eating one healthy snack per day, limiting myself to one soda per day, and increasing stress-relieving activities to prevent overeating when strained. Although I strictly obeyed my parameters, I believe that they were successful in allowing me to practice using temperance in…

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