Essay on Stoic 's Ethics And Aristotle 's Virtues

839 Words May 27th, 2016 4 Pages
Stoic 's Ethics and Aristotle 's Virtues can be compared and contrasted in various ways, but in order to understand their similarities and differences we need to fully comprehend them individually. In this Essay I will be defining each theory and then comparing and differentiating them.

The Stoic 's Ethics come from the belief of pursuing happiness, and that the way to reach such happiness is through living in agreement with nature. Leaving in agreement with nature means that people should believe and accept events that happen in their lives. Stoicism is known as a theory named eudaimonist, which means that all we, humans, fight and live for is to find our happiness or flourishing point. Stoics believe that everything happens for a reason and that we will always benefit from anything bad that happens to us. Since Stoics try living life with a positive perspective, they categorize poverty, illness, and low status as indifferent things, as well as their opposites like health and wealth. Stoicism states that the only way to achieve happiness is through living a virtuous life. To live a virtuous life we do not necessarily need any wealth, health, and high society status. Stoics believe that being virtuous should keep us happy simply because we are living a life in accordance with nature, and by living that way we should be able to accept any situation or event as part of our destiny. Living a virtuous life should free us from all passions, which means any materialistic…

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