The Philosophy Of Nicomachean Ethics Essay

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Nicomachean Ethics teaches that in all the activities that we aim to accomplish, the good should be something final and self-sufficient. Aristotle explains, “Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and pursuit, is thought to aim at some good” (Aristotle 624). One of the main goals with Nicomachean Ethics is, what does it take for an individual human being to be a good person. Every individual possesses virtues and vices. A virtue is defined as a positive character trait. Vices on the other hand are the diametric opposites of virtues as they lead us away from virtues. Aristotle states, “Since things that are found in the soul are of three kinds – passions, faculties, states of character – virtues must be one of these” (Aristotle 627). A passion for instance, is a type of feeling that is accompanied by a pleasure or pain.
Aristotle states, “Now either the virtue nor the vices are passions because we are not called good or bad on the ground of our passions, because we are not called good or bad on the ground of our passions, but are so called on the ground of our virtues and our vices, and because we are neither praised nor blamed in favor of our passions, but for our virtues and our vices we are praised or blamed” (Aristotle 627).
Faculties, is what our virtues are capable of feeling, emotions or otherwise. Aristotle states, “For the reasons also they are not faculties; for we are neither called good nor bad, nor praised nor blamed, to the simple capacity…

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