Plato And Aristotle Analysis

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Human beings are often misunderstood because of the various beliefs that each possesses. Whether it is a view that happiness comes from material things or whether it comes from non-material things, live in care for your soul. Both Plato and Aristotle have their respective views on the way that they believe is the greatest of human beings. Plato takes the approach that is contemplative which the main point is that theory and intellectual contemplation of ultimate truths are best in life. Aristotle takes a political view where you have to be involved on politics and informed in what is going on to be able to achieve the highest good for yourself. Whether it is a contemplative or political approach, both have strong arguments as to why a person …show more content…
“Wisdom is both our highest good and the ability to use other goods well and beneficially. So, wisdom should be the first concern of anyone who wants to live well and be happy—that is, everyone” (Shaw). Plato believes that wisdom is more important than goods such as health and honor. He expresses that through his writing The Republic. In The Republic, he tells the story about the prisoner that was able to escape and get out of the cave. The person that was able to escape would choose to stay outside the cave and contemplate his life from the cave. Plato states that the most fulfilling activity for man is mental activity. “Plato says that happiness is the possession, or the possession and correct use, of goods” (Shaw 2). Plato’s thinking is that if you possess things that will make you happy, but there is also that possession of bad things. He thinks that we do everything for the sake of happiness and we do not need anything beyond …show more content…
Plato believes that conflicting interests can be harmonized one way or another. The best way to lead a harmonious unity of society and allows the parts to flourish is thought to be his best political order. Unlike Aristotle’s thinking of the theoretical and practical knowledge, Plato believes that they are both impossible to reach without virtue. Plato was involved in politics in his younger life and was influenced by it as well. He was a pupil to Socrates and thought of him as “the most just man of his time” (Korab-Karpowicz 2). When the court voted for Socrates’ execution on an unjust charge, Plato came to the conclusion that government was bad and past the point of

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