Aristotle 's Understanding Of The Good Life For Humanity Essay

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Aristotle defines the supreme good for humanity as as εὐδαιμονίία (often translated as “happiness”). In turn he defines εὐδαιμονίία as the life of rational activity in accordance with virtue. Explain what Aristotle means by εὐδαιμονίία, using his definition as the basis of your discussion (and making direct references to the text of the Nicomachean Ethics). Then give your own view –supported by arguments – as to whether you find
Aristotle’s understanding of the good life for humanity to be a compelling

Aristotle was one of the greatest thinkers in the history of western science and philosophy, making contributions to logic, metaphysics, mathematics, physics, biology, botany, ethics, politics, agriculture, medicine, dance and theatre. He was a student of Plato who in turn studied under Socrates. One of Aristotle’s most influential works is the Nicomachean Ethics, where he presents a theory of happiness that is still relevant today, over 2,300 years later. The key question Aristotle seeks to answer is “What is the ultimate purpose of human existence?” This is, what should be the end goal for which our activities are directed. Everywhere we see people seeking pleasure, wealth, and a good reputation. Even though each of these has significant value, none of them can occupy the place of the summit for which humanity should aim. To reach this ultimate end, an act must be self-sufficient and final, “that which is always desirable in itself and never for the sake of something…

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