Aristotle's View Of A Good Life Essay

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What exactly is a good life? Is it based on what your life looks like on the outside, or is it based on how a person chooses to feel about their life and the lives around them? Is it based on your actions and whether or not you planed for things to go a certain way? Well Aristotle had a view of the good life and how he felt you could acquire it. Aristotle’s views on living well begin with a simple consideration of ends and means. Aristotle argued that as we mature, we act less aimlessly and more purposefully. That as we age we gain knowledge of the things we look forward to in life, the things we want in life, and how we plan to live our lives. He believed that we needed a plan and that the right plan is the one that aims at the final …show more content…
So the means to an end for a good life is to live accordingly to accomplish such. Aristotle had three types of ways that a person good live a good life. One was bodily goods which would include healthy life, vigor, even pleasure. The second was external goods (wealth) which included food, clothing, homes and money. The third type was goods of the soul which included knowledge, love, peace, self-esteem, and honor. Of the three yes all of them could definitely make one feel they have a good life. To me all three aren’t all that important. I think that the third type, goods of the soul would be the most important. If the soul is happy filled with joy then life should be good. In my opinion a happy life is a good one. Sartre’s belief that existence comes before essence I agree with. We are born before we know anything of life. I think that in our childhood phase we learn during acquiring certain beliefs how we will feel when it comes to living and on the way our actions will be what influences those beliefs. There are many different opinions as to what really would be a good life. No person can give a definition for another because a good life is something personal. It’s something that a person has to define for themselves. Both Aristotle and Sartre made some good points as to how a person can determine the meaning for

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