Aristotle's Three Types Of Life

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According to Aristotle, everything we do in life, we do for the sake of some good, or at least something we perceive to be good. We call an act good if it satisfies a certain need. The satisfaction of this need is then considered good if it is a means for satisfying some further need, and this, in turn, is good if it will satisfy still another need. Sooner or later this process reaches a point where it is no longer a means for some further end but is an end in itself. This final end is what Aristotle means by the chief good. The chief good is good for its own sake and all other goods are means.
Aristotle purposes that happiness is the chief good. It makes sense if we think about it. Happiness is desirable, I can’t use happiness to achieve
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Aristotle believes the life of pleasure is beastly and slavish and is suited for animals. The life of honor is not self-sufficient it is associated with happiness for people who live a political life These kinds of life according to Aristotle are superficial and fake. The contemplative life is the better, but Aristotle believed that neither of these achieved the highest status or reached a final end. He said that those things were imperfect by themselves because they are not…show more content…
Aristotle says that eudaimonia is the greatest intrinsically valuable. Eudaimonia is a Greek word commonly translated as happiness or well being, however, the term also translates as fulfillment, success, and flourishing. A person who is eudaimon is not just merely enjoying life but is relishing life by living magnificently. One’s reputation and success, different than one’s emotional welfare, can be affected by death, which makes Aristotle’s discussion of eudaimonia after death significantly more relevant. Eudaimonia is commonly recognized as the chief good. Aristotle discusses four central views which are vital to eudaimonia being the ultimate human good. First, one must live a life bestowing to one’s function. Second, natural, honorable activity is essential for one to live a life of happiness. Third, one needs external goods such as wealth, power and friends in order to be happy. Finally, to live a life of happiness, one has to live a complete life in accordance with virtue in order to conclude that the person lived a happy
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