Nicomachean Ethics Essays

  • Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

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    The Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle 's most important study of personal morality and the end of human life, has for many centuries been a widely-read and influential book. In this paper, my aim is to understand and explain how Aristotle, an ancient world-known Greek philosopher, developed the idea of ethics based on a teleological matter. Thus, I will explain how Aristotle relates virtue to telos. To start with, in order to answer this question, we have to give a brief and clear definition of his

  • Comparing Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics And Function Argument

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    Nicomachean Ethics and Function Argument In the first book of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle’s informs the reader what Eudaimonia, or living well, is. The purpose of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, is to discover the human good. For Aristotle, the way to figure out a human being’s good, we have to identify what the function of a human being is. Throughout Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle claims that human function is rational activity and reason. Aristotle’s quest to determine what Eudaimonia

  • Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: Pleasure Cannot Be The Best Life

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    In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, he describes his feeling and thoughts on pleasure; he discusses that pleasure is good and that the feeling of eudaimonia is connected to pleasure. Eudaimonia, also know as the term for happiness in Greek, means “a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous” (dictionary.com). Aristotle describes happiness as the main purpose of all human lives and that it is absolutely the essential goal for all humans. I disagree with Aristotle’s statement that a

  • Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics Argument

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    The Nicomachean Ethics begin with a simple concept-- everyone wants happiness. In Book 1 of Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle explores what happiness is and how to achieve ultimate happiness and good life. In the passage, 1097b22-1098a18, also known as the “function argument”, he further explores the happiness as the chief good concept by examining human function and the good that comes along. In this passage, Aristotle’s thesis is that the good of humans resides in human function of activity with reason

  • Happiness In Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

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    In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, the concept of happiness is introduced as the ultimate good one can achieve in life as well as the ultimate goal of human existence. As Aristotle goes on to further define happiness, one can see that his concept is much different from the 21st-century view. Aristotelian happiness can be achieved through choosing to live the contemplative life, which would naturally encompass moralistic virtue. This differs significantly from the modern view of happiness, which

  • Intellectual Virtue In Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

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    Aristotle in his best-known work Nicomachean Ethics, discusses many fundamental things like happiness, friendship, pleasure, justice, human good. He gives us an image of the good (and even best) life and tells how to achieve it, he shows us the difference between false and true happiness, explains how friendship works and why we need to seek for the impossible. After two millenniums his works are still extremely popular and fundamental to every philosopher or anyone interested in this discipline

  • An Analysis Of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

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    In Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle synthesizes an enthralling dissertation that, “the human good proves to be activity of soul in accord with excellence” (1098a 16-17) which requires, “a rational principle” (1098a 7-8). Even though some critics may contend that the human good lies within something other than excellently acting in accordance with reason, the case set forth in Nicomachean Ethics attempts to dismiss such detractors as inordinately obstinate in their parochial ideology. To support his

  • The Pursuit Of Happiness In Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

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    The main topic of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics is eudaimonia, i.e. happiness in the “living well” or “flourishing” sense (terms I will be using interchangeably). In this paper, I will present Aristotle’s view on the role of external goods and fortune for the achievement of happiness. I will argue that he considers them a prerequisite for virtue. Their contribution to happiness is indirect, via the way they affect how we can engage in rational activity according to the relevant virtues. I will then

  • Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics Summary

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    term “Ethics” deals with science to human behavior. Aristotle has shown reflection to real day society and has given us the path to make it organized. The term “Nicomachean” was used because it is believed that this text was either dedicated to or edited by son of Aristotle named Nicomachus. Aristotle tends to analyze current stature and future prospective, and according to that has given us certain practical philosophical ethics to make our life much surrounded by peace. Nicomachean Ethics and other

  • Aristotle: An Analysis Of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

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    Within Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, he considers humanity and its relationship with moral virtue. By the end of this essay, I will have summarized how Aristotle sees virtue as something that can be improved through repetition and what sort of ideology is required for an action to be considered fully virtuous. Also, I will address how one may disagree with Aristotle’s views on how a person learns to become virtuous, in thinking that the concept of virtue must be precisely defined rather than free-formed

  • Humanity And Moral Virtue In Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

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    Within Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, he considers humanity and its relationship with moral virtue. By the end of this essay, I will have summarized how Aristotle sees virtue as something that can be improved through repetition and what sort of ideology is required for an action to be considered virtuous. Also, I will address how one may disagree with Aristotle’s views on how a person learns to become virtuous, thinking that the concept of virtue must be precisely defined rather than as free-formed

  • The Idea Of Friendship In Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

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    self knowledge and development in human nature is found through the works of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Kant’s Lecture on Friendship, when striving for the knowledge of what contributes to friendship. Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, reflects what causes human action, by what they need to fulfill in their lives. In nature, everyone has their own goals of how to see reality. Aristotle defines ethics by everything having a specific nature, and the goal of humans striving for

  • Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics V: Rectificatory Justice

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    In Nicomachean Ethics V, Aristotle addresses the many kinds of justice. One justice that Aristotle points out is call, rectificatory justice, which involves voluntary transactions like trade or involuntary transactions like theft. This is settled in court where the judge ensures both parties get equal gains or losses. “The law only looks to the difference made by injury and treats the parties as equals,— since this kind of injustice is an inequality the judge tries to equalize it”(Nicomachean Ethics

  • Human Good In Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

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    In Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle synthesizes an enthralling dissertation that, “the human good proves to be activity of soul in accord with excellence” (1098a 16-17) which requires, “a rational principle” (1098a 7-8). Even though some critics may contend that the human good lies within something other than excellently acting in accordance with reason, the case set forth in Nicomachean Ethics dismisses such detractors as inordinately obstinate in their parochial ideology. To support his conclusion

  • The Role Of Virtue In Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

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    Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Book ll, is about his idea of how people should live a virtuous life. Throughout this book, he explains that humans learn virtue from instructions and we learn virtue from practice too. Virtue is something that is very important because it is a moral habit that results in keeping our moral values. Aristotle believed that nobody is born with virtue, everyone has to work at it daily. After reading Nicomachean ethics, Book ll, my main conclusion of it is that us as humans

  • Jesus's Love In Nicomachean Ethics By Aristotle

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    Jesus’s love is unconditional; it’s self-sacrificing; it’s divine. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus Christ showed the world the type of love we should have towards our “neighbors” and, more importantly, towards God. In Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle presented his view on self-love as a precondition to loving the others. The purpose of this essay is to identify the love of Jesus and the love promoted by Aristotle as well as the differences between their views. Jesus Christ loves all men and women regardless

  • Analysis Of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

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    Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics begins by exploring ‘the good’. Book I argues that, unlike other goods, “happiness appears to be something complete and self-sufficient, and is, therefore, the end of actions” (10:1097b20-21). In other words, happiness is the ultimate good. But how does one achieve happiness? Aristotle formulates this in the context of work, since for all things, from artists to horses, “the good and the doing it well seem to be in the work” (10:1097b27-28). Much like the work of a

  • The Pursuit Of Virtue In Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

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    trying to reach happiness. According to Aristotle’s writing called, Nicomachean Ethics, all actions performed by humans aim to gain happiness, happiness is the ultimate end, and that happiness is greatly determined by moral and intellectual virtues. However, I will discuss how some believe that his doctrine of the mean lacks the direction of how one achieves equilibrium of the virtues. In addition, I will explain how Aristotle’s ethics, in fact, does give sufficient advice of how a person can live virtuously

  • Argumentative Essay On Acupuncture

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    For thousands of years acupuncture has been used as a traditional medicine in Asian countries. Its followers reveal that can relieve pain and brings sense of wellness. Others believe that acupuncture does not cure chronic pain and it is all psychological. However a recent study “A randomized trial comparing acupuncture, stimulated acupuncture, and usual care for chronic low back pain.” has discovered that people can perceive different views in regards the meaning of acupuncture. The concept of

  • Essay On The Pursuit Of Happiness

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    On a daily basis, humans are faced with the questions: “What makes a person happy? How does a person achieve happiness? What is the pursuit of happiness?” The pursuit of happiness has become an ever growing industry through things like “ways to happiness” books and life coaches according to Richard Schoch, the factors to achieve happiness are valued at around $18 billion dollars. This amount of money being spent on happiness is a right of people in America; it is the right of Americans to have a