Essay John Stuart Mill 's Theory Of Virtue Ethics

837 Words Jun 29th, 2015 4 Pages
Every single person has a different standpoint of what is important to make his or her life a good and happy life, and everyone has the control to make that life possible. Aristotle believed the good life is one which thrives and that individuals live happily and opportunely. Socrates was another philosopher that contributed in the argument on the good life and how it should be achieved. According to Socrates, the good life is one that is not materialistic but rather about the mind of an individual. He argued that an individual with a healthy mind tends to live the good life as compared to that who is wealthy. As for me, if I were asked what the good life is, I would argue that a good life is living in a virtuous manner, having true meaning in life and satisfying all human desires, not just the desire for pleasure, but the desire for purpose as well.
Looking at other readings and other’s opinions such as John Stuart Mill’s theory of utilitarianism and the theory of virtue ethics, I have been reassured that it is possible to live a good and happy life primarily through the aspects of virtue and meaning. Like we have learned, utilitarianism is a theory based on the principle that "actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness” (229). Mill also defines happiness as pleasure and the absence of pain (229). Every decision we make should be made in consideration of which choice will enhance the total…

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