Aristotle 's Theory On Human Life And Identifies Happiness Essay

1812 Words Nov 16th, 2016 8 Pages
In Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle discusses human life and identifies happiness to be its ultimate goal. To achieve Eudaimonia, person has to be occupied by rational activity and at the same time, lead a virtuous life. Eudaimonia will be defined shortly and it should be noted that it will be used interchangeably with the word happiness. The ensuing paragraphs will explain Aristotle’s theory, followed by its discussion. The essay will identify ethical theory’s main strength and its weaknesses, which on the whole will undermine the model. However, because of the limited scope of the essay, only few of its aspects will be discussed. Before moving to unpacking Aristotle’s theory, meaning of Eudaimonia should be explained. Even though it is translated as “happiness,” it also has a connotation of fulfillment and success. A person who is Eudaimon is like a role model to others because he is not only happy, but also a successful man. Therefore, a poor person won’t be called Eudaimon in the sense of the Greek word, but he/she can be identified as happy. Aristotle, claims that every action has a goal at which it is targeted. One might be studying for the philosophy exam to get good grades, which he/she is doing to get a degree with the distinction from the University of St. Andrews, which will help them find a good job. If we continue asking question ‘why?’ finally, we will arrive at some ultimate goal. For Aristotle, the final goal of every action is “the best…

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