Aristotle's Political Views Of Plato Vs. Aristotle

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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…
Aristotle’s political view is defined in many ways. He states that a community of any sort can “possess order only if it has a ruling element or authority” (Miller). There are certain facts that are linked together in order to achieve this political process. There are four causes of which he referrers to: the material, formal, efficient, and final causes (Miller 2). In order to have order, all the causes have to be able to be met. Having that balance between the high officials and the community is what Aristotle is striving for. Aristotle is not fond of the constitution, he thinks that there is not really a need for it if the high officials and the community have communications and are in agreement with each other. Although he does not agree with it most the time, he thinks that it is somewhat a good thing that brings order and structure to the people. The constitution helps the people know what they can and cannot …show more content…
Being able to adapt well to the things surrounding us is something that Aristotle believes we should be able to do in order to achieve great happiness. Happiness is an activity that one needs to be able to achieve in order to be truly happy. Aristotle believes that everyone is able to find that happiness, even if you are corrupt, you are still able to find happiness. There are those that oppose that and say that they might find happiness in non-recreational things, but that is only a part to them having complete happiness. You need to be able to find that balance and then you will be able to truly be happy. Wanting to improve our soul is one of the main things that Aristotle strives for. Being able to find that soul and make it better is what will help to get us to that happiness. The pursuit of happiness may be accompanied sometimes by pain and disappointment, but we accept those misfortunes for the good we strive for. The true nature of a human being is not to be happy eternally, but to attempt for it. It is the motivation itself that is usually the greatest

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