Aristotle, Kant, And Mill Essay

1264 Words Dec 16th, 2014 6 Pages
In philosophy there are many stands to take when it comes to a view of topic shared and discovered by many. Specifically, there are three philosophers that have differing ideas on the role of pleasure in morality, Aristotle, Kant, and Mill. They share and clarify their positions through a plethora of titles and information that will help a reader gain a better understanding of the role of pleasure in morality. Though each philosopher has their own share of ideas of what the highest good represents, they all believe in morality being the search for the highest good.
Aristotle begins with his description of happiness as fulfillment of all desires, in accordance with compliance of virtue. When he states,
“But in the case of the virtues, an act is not performed justly or with self-control if the act itself is of a certain kind, but only if in addition the agent has certain characteristics as he performs it: first of all, he must know what he is doing; secondly, he must choose to act the way he does, and he must choose it for its own sake; and in the third place, the act must spring from a firm and un- changeable character.”
Aristotle is bringing attention to the actual implementation of the agent. When these “agents” are being acted outward in well manner it is the practice of obtaining a virtue. When these virtues are obtained, Aristotle believes this is how we also obtain happiness, which is a pleasure. Aristotle mentions, “Virtue, being concerned with pleasure and…

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