Aristotle 's Nicomachean Ethics : An Account On How Man Can Live A Complete Life

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Kenny McAvoy
Professor Watson
Philosophy paper 1
14 September 2016

Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics is an account on how man can live a complete life, in order to achieve happiness. Aristotle argues happiness is derived from human excellence and in Nicomachean Ethics he provides a guideline for how man can achieve such excellence. Aristotle writes in his work, “Now each function is completed well by being completed in accord with the virtue proper [to that kind of thing]. And so human good proves to be activity of the soul in accord with virtue, and indeed with the best and most complete virtue, if there are more virtues than one.” (9) What Aristotle is conveying in this quote is that the only proper way to achieve and live in excellence is through the attainment and action of virtue. He also points out that in a complete life there should be more than one virtue present. Following Aristotle’s account of how to lead a life to happiness he writes, “Nonetheless, happiness evidently also needs external goods to be added, as we said, since we cannot, or cannot easily, do fine actions if we lack the resource.” (11) Aristotle is expressing that in order to lead a happy life one needs external goods to work with, meaning, it is hard to be generous without another person to be generous with. There is an inherit need of outside goods if a human is to live a virtuous, and therefore, happy life. This is the argument I will address in this essay. I will address a number of key points.…

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