Essay on Aristotle 's Views On The Buddha And Nel Noddings

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Philosophers such as Aristotle, The Buddha, and the more modern-day Nel Noddings have all begged the question, “What does it mean to live a good life?” Aristotle’s main view aims at happiness, and focus on the self. The Buddha and Nel Noddings both believe that one should not fully focus on the self, but more on the selfless acts for others. Each of these philosophers has determined their own proper way to lead a good life and I will examine each philosophy through comparison to the eldest, Aristotle. I believe Aristotle’s philosophy to be agreeable, but I feel he is missing certain key components which I will discuss by the end of the essay.
Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BCE) believed that happiness as the ultimate good, and the end of a good life. He wrote his noted “Nicomachean Ethics,” which was written not to provide step-by-step rules to live a good life, but to give practical advice on the path to happiness. Happiness to Aristotle is to be held above all else, and “…for this we choose always for itself and never for the sake of something else…” (Aristotle, 79). Aristotle advises that one must be virtuous in order to live the life of true happiness. He gives us two virtues; intellectual virtue and moral virtue. Intellectual knowledge breaks into two parts; the truths of nature and knowledge through experience. We unfortunately cannot only live through contemplation says Aristotle, one must also have moral virtue.
After moral virtue comes the “Doctrine of the…

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