The Ethical Views Of Aristotle And Plato's Desire For Happiness
Plato says that nowhere do we find good, we only find good things. Like beauty; it can be found in things but you cannot find beauty itself. Plato said that reason finds the good that pervades everything. The highest pursuit in life is to contemplate the good. The closest we come to the good is in contemplation. As philosophers, by contemplating the good they are also closest to the good. They 're happy because they know how to act in accordance with beliefs. They make true choices about the value and worth of their actions, thus resulting in happiness. Plato fought against “sophists” who claimed that there was no truth, only opinion, which is ruled by basic needs and desires rather than reason. Plato argued that it is through reason that we find the good.
Aristotle said that all people aspire to some good and all seek to be happy. The search for the good deals with acting intelligently rather than following one’s inclinations (sensual pleasures). According to Aristotle, the good is to be found in God, …show more content…
The good as advertised is a life of wants and needs, it has to do with having all the new and best things. To achieve the good life you need, a nice house, the money, the power, sex it is very materialistic. Whereas according to Christian ethics the good life has to do the other and meet moral standards. It has to do with you becoming happy and realizing that the happiness comes from doing the right thing. The Christian look at the good life is the polar opposite of the way advertisers would have you believe. The Christian perspective is that others bring us to the good life whereas the social belief has become that get things for yourself will make you happy and bring you to happiness in