The Good Life And Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics And Politics

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Aristotle discusses in his collection of books Nicomachean Ethics and Politics what it means to be a good person and how to live a good fulfilling life. He believes everyone has a goal and must reach their highest potential to feel satisfied in life. Aristotle gives reasonings on how to be a virtuous human and how to be a good citizen in the society in which you live. Although both writings discuss the same umbrella topic of the Good Life, they both provide a various amount of philosophical advice and facts on how this way of living is the best way.
Aristotle’s concept of the Good Life can be described as ends and means. Every human being has an end goal or Telos as Aristotle describes. For each end, there are means. In Book I, happiness is
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Aristotle refers to man by nature, a political animal. (footnote that shit). The telos for a political animal is to have the ability to discuss openly about the city’s needs and in the end, becomes the city’s telos. Cities develop more like a plant than a machine and there is an impulse to live toward the city. Because nature does nothing in vein, there is a mean to why people congregate and form cities. To live in the city and to live well and to treat the city well is fulfillment of ones and the city’s telos, which leads to the Good Life. In Book I of Politics, Aristotle discusses that studying is the “better” choice than to be active, because when your mind is actively thinking you are learning the most important things that you can later pass down to those below you. Aristotle believes that the standard good man run the city and pass down his wisdom to others, so they can be virtuous and good too. Aristotle believes that the city is there to prevent from becoming evil whereas Lycophron believes prevent from doing evil. If a ship is the state and the sailors are the citizens, it is up to the sailors to secure the city. A good captain had to have learned to be a good captain by merely being a sailor and learning through experience and eventually reaching his telos. If you can have your city …show more content…
It can be hard to find relations between the current time and the time Aristotle wrote Nicomachean Ethics and Politics, but the foundation and principles can still be relative now. You cannot reach your telos overnight, it takes years if not almost all your life to realize you have achieved the good life. The decision between doing right and wrong becomes easier with experience and guidance if you live in a state with a good regime. Those who do not live in a good regime will not acquire the intellectual and moral virtues you need to reach your full potential. The way the good life can be improved is by the city reaching its telos. Many people put themselves before their state and because of that, the state and the city do not function. The responsibility of power begins to reach the hands of incontinent people who themselves have not reached their telos and begin to make the laws for the state harder to learn your mistakes from. If a unruly and not virtuous person is running the city, than none of its citizens will be able to live a happy and wholesome life leading with finishing their telos. This unruly person can make the state where you can no longer learn right from wrong. The power is also not with the people of the city and therefore the people of the city will no longer be able to discuss openly about the city. If a political animal cannot speak openly about the

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