Aristotelian Ethics in the Modern Office Analytical Essay by Nicky

An application of Aristotle's ideas on happiness, friendship and justice to the modern work environment.
# 150768 | 2,159 words | 1 source | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 20, 2012 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Business (General) , Ethics (General)

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The paper examines and explains the key elements of Aristotelian philosophy on happiness, justice and friendship. The paper applies these concepts to the relationships that are formed in the modern office environment and points out the elements of these relationships that Aristotelian ethics cannot explain.

From the Paper:

"For Aristotle, happiness, in all beings, takes a functional form in that a being is happy as long as it accomplishes its most important function. In the case of a human being, this is the rationality, which is the only characteristics present only in man and also the characteristics that makes the human being so different from any other being. In order for the individual to be happy, he must function in accordance to his rationality: as long as his decision making process follows rational approaches, he should be, in theory, happy.
"Certainly, at a later point in his works, Aristotle also enumerates some of the elements that, according to his belief and philosophical approach, could make an individual happy. These include wealth, good health, friends and good luck, as well as the capacity and ability to do intellectual and moral things, again, in accordance with his functionality.
"Friendship is seen by Aristotle as belonging to one of the three following categories: friendship of pleasure, friendship of utility and friendship of the good or of character. The friendship of pleasure is the type of friendship encountered between individuals who simply have a good time when they are together. This type of friendship may have no other implications and may simply not go beyond the idea of getting together and feeling well with one another over a drink, for example."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Nicomachean Ethics. Translated by W. D. Ross. On the Internet at Last retrieved on October 5, 2009

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