Aristotle And Aristotle 's Views On Happiness And Virtue Essay

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Happiness and virtue have been the center of philosophical discussions since the ancient age. Philosophers are very much concerned with the non-physical parts of human existence. Likewise, Plato and Aristotle spend a lot of time discussing happiness and virtue, as well as their relationship. While I respect Plato as one of the greatest philosophers of all time, I must disagree with him, and agree with Aristotle, on the subject of virtue and the relationship between virtue and happiness While Aristotle and Plato may disagree on many aspects of happiness and virtues, they seem to agree on the definition and importance of those two topics. The rise and fall of a society depends greatly on virtue of its people. Nothing destroys a great society as quick as an expanding group of vicious people. Virtue is a state or condition of the soul. A person either has virtue, or lacking it. The virtue of something is whatever makes the thing perform its essential action and function well. Hence, virtue defines who we are. The authors refer to virtue as “good”, as virtue is opposite to vice, which is bad. By examining the ease at which people, who know virtue, leading a virtuous life, we will know if we should find a way for more people to know the necessary virtues. Moreover, we can also have a closer look at what will drive a virtuous person to do bad things.
In his discussion of Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle states clearly that he does not agree with Plato that knowing good equals doing…

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