Essay on Human and Human Nature: Aristotle and Sartre

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It is only natural for humans to question why we have been put on this wonderful earth of ours. What does it mean to be these lucky ones called humans? Do we really have a human nature that is all our own? Are there really living beings that kind find something within this world to call our life purpose? And if there are, how do may we achieve it? It is happiness or simple the drive to survive that propel us forward? These are just some of the types of questions that philosophers have been wrestling with for centuries. Some argue that human nature is very much a real thing and that it is essential to living a happy fulfilled life, while others reject that idea completely. However, despite the completely opposite stances that philosophers …show more content…
This is not startling since the topic of human nature appears to have been hotly depleted since the dawn of time. For Aristotle, he never directly mentions the idea of human nature, but nevertheless through his works the idea can be seen in relation to many aspects of life such as human purpose, free will, and even politics. In his books Nicomachean Ethics, however he is mostly concerned with why human are here, and what we are made for, along with how we go about discovering this said purpose. All through his work, we can see that his use of teleological methods (similar to those of a child questing an adult) to help us answer these questions. We can also see that his mainly interested it showing that human nature is something accessible to all of us and that we as humans are not just pointless creatures wandering the earth without an higher purpose. Contrastingly to this, Sartre appears to directly steer his philosophical thinking towards the concerns of humans and human nature. In respects to this, he talks of how people are continually ask questions like “why am I here, or what is my real purpose?, to which he replies simply, that we should leave these questions behind, because as humans we do not have a special purpose, we simply just exist. Unlike Aristotle, and the many other philosophers before him, who believed in the idea that we as human had to have some kind of final purpose in life, Sartre argues

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