Essay about The Father Of Political Theory

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Whether in relation to action or in relation knowledge, all things aim at some good. In Ethics, the father of political theory, Aristotle, initially establishes that there are many actions and ends, but that that the good is the best, most archicteonic, and most choiceworthy end. He subsequently states that both the many and the refined concur that the highest of all goods related to action is happiness, essentially marking happiness as the definitive action. Ultimately, because “the good is spoken of in relation to what something is, and in relation to what sort of things it is,” Aristotle addresses and elucidates on eleven moral virtues of the irrational part of the soul and five intellectual virtues derived from the rational part of the soul; these virtues presumably bring one closer to the desired end. While the commonalities among the other virtues are patently manifest in the text, magnanimity has seemingly disengaged with the other virtues due to its unconventionality. However, it too aims at some good as its end. As it happens, the magnanimous man is happy in accordance with Aristotle’s perception of happiness for not only has he found a middle term for action, he has also habituated himself to practice moral virtues. Additionally, he takes pleasure in great honors, is self-sufficient, and concerned with external goods, therefore reaching his desired end of happiness.
Throughout Ethics, Aristotle continually addresses the vitality of finding a middle term that…

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