An Analysis Of Plato's Argument About The Good Life

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Register to read the introduction… The first condition I will analyse is whether his inference ‘if a person can discover what is right and knows what the good life is, he or she will not act immorally’ is justified. For example, if a person knows stealing is not right but stills commit the crime, then it will cast his argument in doubt. This example demonstrates that people will act evilly while knowing what the right course of action is. Therefore, Plato’s argument about the ‘good life’ is flawed. I believe that Aristotle’s concept of the ‘good life’ is a better answer for this theory as what is right for one person is not necessarily right for another, this correlates to the good life can be different for different people. Therefore, I believe that Aristotle’s concept is the better solution to the problem of the ‘good life’ rather than Plato’s concept as he concludes living the good life needs …show more content…
For the first condition I will analyse whether his inference ‘that everyone always ought to follow the middle course between certain kinds of activities’ is justified.
There is some situation that does not have a middle course. For example, there is no middle for keeping a promise and breaking a promise. This seems to be an absolute value, not a relative one. Furthermore, moderation is not always the right thing. Some situations require extreme behaviour. Some people have passionate, flamboyant personalities. I believe that Plato’s absolutism would be more appropriate than Aristotle’s relativist in this situation.

In conclusion, Aristotle’s argument about the ‘good life’ demonstrates that the good life for people is a life of happiness. Plato’s however does not as he believes living the good life needs knowledge. From the reasons above, Aristotle’s solution to the problem of the ‘good life’ is a better answer than Plato. On the other hand, Aristotle’s golden mean would not work however Plato’s absolutism will work in the situation in keeping a promise and breaking a promise. From the reasons stated above Plato’s absolutism will be a better answer than Aristotle’s

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