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    Aristotle extensively examines the stability of the three types of friendship in Nicomachean Ethics. “Friendship has three species, corresponding to the three objects of love. For each of love has a corresponding type of mutual loving, combined with awareness of it” (Aristotle, 121). The first two types of friendship, utility and pleasure, are relatively fragile. These types of friendships are only good for as long as our wants and desires remain the same. Once they change it affects what we find useful or pleasurable leaving the friendship prone to dissolution. For instance, a person visits the same hair salon every month. However, a newer and better hair salon has opened offering services for a more affordable price. The friendship built…

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    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…

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Everybody has fundamental reasons of why she acts the way she does. The highest good is what we ultimately want to obtain in life and why we do the things we do. If we have just the highest good, everything else would have little to none impact on us. In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, he states that the highest good is happiness. I believe that he is right because happiness the underlying reason of why we live life. However, I disagree with Aristotle on what is happiness and how to achieve it.…

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    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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    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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    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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