Aristotle 's Theory Of Happiness Essay

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Every capability and every action is a pursuit of some good. According to Aristotle, “Every craft and every line of inquiry and likewise every action and decision seems to seeks some good, that is why some people were right to describe the good as what everything seeks. But the ends that are sought appear to differ; some are activities, and others are products apart from the activities (Nicomachean Ethics, 1).” The goods that are sought out are the ends. Aristotle believed that an end was more complete if it was pursued for the sake of itself rather than for the sake of something else. He believed that happiness was the highest good for human beings. The highest good seemed to be happiness because we choose it because of itself and not for any other reason. In his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle maintains that happiness is living well and doing well in accordance with virtue in a complete life. Aristotle stated, “And so the 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 (Nicomachean Ethics, p.8).” In this citation from Book I Chapter 7, Aristotle’s concept of happiness and the good of life and concept of virtues are related and are said to be in agreement with one another. In order for a function to be completed well, it must be done in agreement with the suitable virtue. A portion of Nicomachean Ethics focuses on the different virtues. There are two kinds of virtue:…

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