Nicomachean Ethics

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  • Role Of Virtue In Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

    In Aristotle’s book The Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle defines εὐδαιμονία (eudaimonia) as the supreme good for humanity. When you translate eudaimonia it means happiness or flourishing. Aristotle defines happiness as the life of rational activity in accordance with virtue. People often think that happiness is a state of mind, but for Aristotle, happiness is like a goal or the final end that binds together the entireness of one’s life, “one swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy” (The Nicomachean Ethics 1098a 18). Virtue is more of a mentality instead of an action. Someone who is virtuous is naturally designed to behave in a justified way for the right reason, and feels pleasure when behaving rightly. In order…

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  • The Role Of The Good In Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

    Aristotle decided to take on the subject of the good in his Nicomachean Ethics. Aristotle argues that every person must make a choice to act good. Within his ideas of the good it is imperative that men take responsibility for their own actions and that they understand what their own intentions are doing in relation to the good. However, there are some oppositions that believe this is not the case. They would argue that men have no control over how something appears to them or how they perceive…

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  • The Importance Of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics And The Virtues

    The concept of moderation and its importance throughout Aristotle 's Nicomachean Ethics and Thomas Aquinas’ The Virtues, is heavily contrasted with the intensity displayed within Baudelaire 's poem Get Drunk, and the documentary Amy. Within these four works, it is clear that not only do the concepts of intensity and moderation contradict, but the varying methods and effects of the two within each group contradict as well. In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics the idea of moderation is portrayed…

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  • The Good Life In Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

    Bertrand Russell once stated that, “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge”. In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle creates the concept of a good life that humans should try to acquire. But Aristotle’s concept of a good life is unattainable by humans. He expresses that the ultimate human goal is happiness, but complete happiness is unattainable. He then describes the pivotal role of virtue in the concept of happiness and without virtue one cannot obtain happiness. …

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  • Analysis Of Nicomachean Ethics By Jonathan Lear

    In the first reading by Jonathan Lear he suggests the notion that people now are losing their confidence in religious beliefs explaining the ‘why’ and moral outlook, so he suggests to look back at what Aristotle had said. When he begins to bring up the various concepts Aristotle discusses in Nicomachean Ethics he explains, that Aristotle’s goal was, “to give one a reflective understanding of how one can achieve happiness by living an ethical life within society” (154). I think this is an…

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  • Voluntary And Involuntary Actions In Aristotle's The Nicomachean Ethics

    In the third book of his publication, “The Nicomachean Ethics”, the philosopher Aristotle elaborates on the arguments which he has presented concerning moral virtues, and invokes the concepts of voluntary and involuntary actions, choice, and responsibility to support his claims. The first segment within Book III of The Nicomachean Ethics concentrates on the conditions required for a person to either praise or blame another individual with regards to the actions that the other party has…

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  • Nicomachean Ethics: Aristotle's Three Types Of Virtue

    Kenny McAvoy Professor Watson Philosophy paper 1 14 September 2016 Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics is an account on how man can live a complete life, in order to achieve happiness. Aristotle argues happiness is derived from human excellence and in Nicomachean Ethics he provides a guideline for how man can achieve such excellence. Aristotle writes in his work, “Now each function is completed well by being completed in accord with the virtue proper [to that kind of thing]. And so human good…

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  • The Three Types Of Friendship In The Nicomachean Ethics By Aristotle

    Many people have a lot of people that they are close to and consider them friends. Many of these friends to Aristotle are not real or at least do not have good intensions they just benefit from the friendship and this happens both way in the friendship. In “The Nicomachean Ethics” by Aristotle explains three types of friendships that occurring to him exist. He also says what type of people should be friend based on the category that they go in to. In the beginning Aristotle’s starts by giving a…

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  • The Book Of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

    Aristotle is a very important philosopher which many other philosophers learn from. I too would use Aristotle’s teachings as the bases for my writing if I were a philosopher. The teaching that interests me the most is from his book of “Nicomachean Ethics”. In book 1 of this selection Aristotle says that all actions seek to do some good, which would lead to the highest good of happiness. He does not say that the actions must result in good but the activity of the action is good. In other words,…

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  • Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics Analysis

    The nature of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, evaluates that all human action is a means towards pursuing an ultimate good, known as happiness. Happiness is deemed the ultimate ends of pursuing the good. I will explain how Aristotle’s argument for the the aims of human activity and the pursuit of human nature relates to the science of politics. Aristotle examines that not all actions are direct leads towards happiness, but are subordinate ends. An example given would be that “bridle making and…

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