Essay on Aristotle 's Philosophy And Philosophy

1191 Words Nov 19th, 2015 5 Pages
“One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.” Whether or not you agree with the writing and the ideas of Aristotle, he was a great thinker, and his work is foundational in the world of philosophy. Aristotle’s ideas in the different disciplines of philosophy all overlap. His view of the four causes and his view of psuche both play an important role in developing his ethical theory. Although Aristotelian virtue ethics has been scrutinized for thousands of years, its adaptive nature has kept it a prevalent ethical theory, even in contemporary philosophy. What stands out from other ethical theories and is the most crucial element of Aristotle’s ethics, is the teleological nature of the theory. A crucial element of an ethical theory is any element that is necessary for the success of that theory. It is commonly held that the most crucial elements of Aristotelian virtue ethics are the elements of teleology (telos) and virtue (hexis). The element of hexis, or disposition, is not specific to Aristotelian virtue ethics. Disposition overlaps with deontological ethical theories; however, the element of telos is specific to virtue ethics and, therefore, is more necessary for the success of the theory. From this we can infer the teleological element is the most crucial in Aristotelian virtue ethics. Aristotle’s ethics relate to his four causes through the fourth, or final, cause…

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