Analysis Of Aristotle 's ' The Flute ' Essay

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Aristotle explains that living is something shared by all animals and plants, but there is a difference between that shared way of living and the way in which humans live. Humans live with a much deeper meaning than just growth, nutrition, and perception, they live with a sense of reasoning/rationality. With that being said, he ties human reasoning/rationality into human work by stating that “the work of a human being is a being-at-work of the soul in accordance with reason, or not without reason..” (Pg. 11-1098a) As a result, human good is revealed as a being at work in accordance with the best and most complete virtue. He arrives at this answer by examining the types of distinct activities, like a flutist for instance, he is being at work in accordance with the most complete virtue, because he is learning how to play the flute well. The reson for this is because a person who performs a distinctive activity well is considered a virtuous person. He also explains that all human activity is done in order to reach a certain ultimate end like happiness which is the highest good and end. It is reaching an end like happiness that makes the human life a good life. 2. Learning Virtue
Explain how, according to Aristotle, one learns virtue. Be sure to use at least two examples of virtues in your answer.
According to Aristotle, there are two types of virtue, the virtue of thinking and the virtue of character. The virtue of thinking is learned through teaching and requires time and…

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