Aristotle Ethics Study Guide

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1) Aristotle’s theory of Ethics is centered around a vision or purpose, guided by human values (Teological Ethics) and consists of 3 main parts; The Pursuit of happiness, Human Excellence, and The mean. For Aristotle, happiness isn’t momentary, happiness is a prolonged period in which a person does good things repeatedly and lives well. Happiness for Aristotle involves becoming an active member of your community and doing good things for the community. According to Aristotle, human excellence is the idea that humans aim to achieve the good and to live a life, demonstrating the virtues of excellence where they are the best they can be (have obtained as much good into their lives as possible). Human excellence, for Aristotle, is guided by our ability to reason and choose to do what is right. As we continually choose to do virtuous things, we develop the virtue of goodness. Lastly, Aristotle states the idea of The Mean in which he says that there should be a balance in human life. Too much or too little or something is not good, but if balanced out, it is beneficial. An excess or deficiency of anything can destroy moral qualities. For example, too much exercise can lead to body pains or pulled muscles and tendons, however, not enough…show more content…
His good is achieved by people wanting to do good things so often, to the point that their virtue of good becomes universal. It requires three main areas of interest: God, freedom,and immortality, to be achieved. God; humans require the power to be able to achieve supreme good, and this power comes from God. Freedom; for the good to be our achievement, we must choose to do what we ought to do. Lastly, there is Immortality; achieving the goods a feat impossible to achieve in on life time, thus we are granted the gift of immortality so we can live life after life to complete our search for the
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