Aristotle 's Views On Happiness Essay

1159 Words Oct 17th, 2015 5 Pages
The philosopher Aristotle wrote about his interpretation of what happiness is in his book Nichomachean Ethics. In this book, he stated that happiness is found in moderation, meaning that people would be happiest if they had something in moderation. In another part of the book, Aristotle discusses how people can get new virtues through experience, being taught, practice, or a combination of the above. Another philosopher, Plato, wrote about his teacher, Socrates. In Plato’s works, he wrote about Socrates’ trial and a discussion he had with a priest, Euthyphro. Socrates’ works do not survive today, so most of what is known about him is from Plato’s writings. From Plato’s writing, it is clear that Socrates was happy considering Aristotle’s interpretation of happiness.
Aristotle states that happiness is found in moderation. “First, then, we should observe that these sorts of states naturally tend to be ruined by excess and deficiency. We see this happen with strength and health – for we must use evident cases such as these as witnesses to things that are not evident. For both excessive and deficient exercise ruin bodily strength, and, similarly, too much or too little eating or drinking ruins hearth, whereas the proportionate amount produces, increases, and preserves it” (Aristotle 1104a13-19). Aristotle is using exercise as an example to explain how happiness is found through moderation. Too much will make anyone sore, frustrated, and possibly even physically hurt. On the other…

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