Similarities Between Aristotle And Nietzsche Essay

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Philosophers each obtain their own opinion on what is virtuous and what is just, these opinions are very likely to juxtapose one another but also contain a multitude of likely characteristics. Ethical views contrast from individuals amongst various societies who grow up and obtain values throughout their lives. Some believe that in order to be ethical one most follow alongside certain standards or rules (either unspoken or spoken) especially in a profession which may also include being a citizen, which some considered a profession as well. Aristotle and Nietzsche are two of the most well known philosopher’s of their time and obtain very opposing beliefs but within those beliefs they also share a few commonalities.

Aristotle believed in following a median between excess and deficiency of material goods and universalizing that as a universal principal towards everyone. In simplicity he states, “…Virtue is a purposive disposition, lying in a mean that is relative to us and determined by a rational principle, and by that which is prudent man would use to determine it. It is a mean between too kinds of vice, one of excess and the other deficiency….” (27 Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics). No human desire or craving for something is negative if it is controlled by or to a moral principle. The only way moral virtue is acquired is by a combination of habituation, self-discipline, and knowledge. He believed that one obtains happiness through honesty and acting justly. The progression…

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