Aristotle, Conflicting Lifestyles Essay

836 Words May 5th, 2002 4 Pages
Conflicting Lifestyles

When comparing the contemplative lifestyle to the moral virtuous lifestyle, one finds the differences to rest on the three types of good: goods of the body, external goods, and goods of the soul. One conflict comes between leading a courageous, brave life and desiring happiness. To explain the aforementioned I feel it necessary to define true courage. It seems true courage revolves around death. Not every kind of death is considered noble, for example death from drowning or death from disease. Aristotle feels the noblest death is death in battle because man is faced with the greatest dangers. To die a noble death, one must be in a situation where he can die at any moment, yet still is fearless (bk 3,
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For example, many wealthy and or noble men are looked at with honor. Aristotle clarifies that one should not be given honor simply due to economic or social status. He does, however, admit that if one is of wealth and or nobility, and is deserving of honor, one will receive more honor than a commoner. (bk 4, 1124a, 20-30) There are two main different types of justice, complete qualified, and complete unqualified. Complete unqualified is doing something for the betterment of one's community while not expecting anything in return. Complete qualified justice is doing something to avoid breaking the law. Aristotle feels that complete unqualified justice is superior to complete qualified justice because of the motivating factors behind complete unqualified justice. Aristotle states, "The law commands to live in conformity with every virtue and forbids to live in conformity with any wickedness. What produces virtue entire are those lawful measures which are enacted for education in citizenship."(bk.5, 1130b, 22-25) Aristotle is saying that the truly just measures are not simply the ones that stay within the confines of the law, but the measures that stay within the confines of the law, and are for the betterment of the community. Practically speaking, one can tell whether one is being truly just or not by examining one's motives. I

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