The Good Life : Aristotle And Plato Essay

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University of St. Thomas
Philosophy Department

The Good Life
According to Aristotle and Plato

Heather Abadie
Philosophy 2314
Dr. Oliva

Philosophers and humans over the course of existence have continued to contemplate the meaning of life. While it is important to consider the question “what is the meaning of life” – there is possibly an even greater question – “what does it mean to live a good life?” Is the contemplation and understanding of the meaning of life enough, or is it important to uncover whether or not one is living a life worth living – a good life? Before studying Aristotle and Plato’s philosophical views on what it means to live a good life, I had my own ideas of what the good life looks like – and I felt that there was no one way to define a good life for everyone. In this paper I will explore Aristotle and Plato’s philosophies on what it means to live a good life, and whether or not it is possible to establish what a good life is for everyone. According to Aristotle, happiness is the final goal in life. Happiness is something that makes sense: it is rational, and it takes work. I cannot expect happiness to fall in my lap, just as I cannot expect a good life to just happen – I must work in order to achieve happiness; happiness is something I must build, which means a good life is something I must build:
“Happiness seems, however, even if it is not god-sent but comes as a result of virtue and some process of learning or training, to be among…

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