Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics Analysis

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The nature of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, evaluates that all human action is a means towards pursuing an ultimate good, known as happiness. Happiness is deemed the ultimate ends of pursuing the good. I will explain how Aristotle’s argument for the the aims of human activity and the pursuit of human nature relates to the science of politics. Aristotle examines that not all actions are direct leads towards happiness, but are subordinate ends. An example given would be that “bridle making and the other arts concerned with the equipment of horses fall under the art of riding” (Pg. 1, Ch. 1). It is not an ultimate good, but instead a fraction of the overall.
Aristotle proposes that all human activities aim towards an end result of happiness,
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It is described as “the most authoritative art...it legislates as to what we are to do and what we are to abstain from” (Pg. 2, Ch. 3) Its aim is towards providing men with the conditions to lead a life pursuing the good. The science of politics itself is not precise, because what is good for one person may differ from another. Therefore, a formulaic format of the good cannot be derived. Instead, the science provides an approximated outline of what the good contains. However, this can only be achieved through extensive knowledge and experience of the good before it can be applied. The end of politics is eliciting human goodness. The design of politics is made with the intention to guide men in attaining what is morally good. However, it moves beyond just improving the wellbeing of just one individual. It is seen as a superior good to improve the nation. Ethics, is a subset of politics that shares the same intention. It concerns the differences between what is noble and just. And accentuates that the highest good is to attain an end of happiness, and that an individual attains happiness through leading a virtuous life. Moral virtue is a mean between excess and deficiency, and virtuous acts require one to act consciously with a moral …show more content…
An example of this would be an individual that carries their purpose of welding with no intention for recognition, increase in wealth or gaining status. The second would be the function of an individual, and an individual identified as superior in that field. Such as a welder in comparison with one who is innately talented. Thirdly, would be to perform in life well, because it is the function of man. In cultivating one’s talent, they are progressing towards a well lived life. Lastly, would be that the function of the individual follows in accordance to virtue. In the case of the welder, the individual would fulfill their purpose by continuing their life in dedication to that activity. Because happiness does not come from momentary contentment, but is achieved through a continuation of pursuing it.
In distinguishing the functions in each of Aristotle’s arguments, it elicits the belief in man’s responsibility to further improve the self to attain a life enriched in goodness. In turn, this goodness then establishes a happy life. However, it is not proven that the ultimate ends lies within happiness. Instead, it is approximated that human life benefits from this. The science of politics promotes moral value, and is exercised with substantiating goodness in

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