Aristotle on Human Happiness Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Aristotle on Human Happiness
This paper addresses Books I and II of Nicomachean Ethics and Aristotle's description of how a life led in virtuous ways can produce happiness that may elude others.
# 89112 | 1,125 words | 1 source | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains Aristotle's account of different kinds of virtues and their cultivation as the best means of knowing human happiness, as laid out in his Nicomachean Ethics, Books I and II. In Book I, Aristotle explains how a person of virtue has to be able to see principles, use reason to shape their desires and act in awareness of good principles. One needs a certain insight into what happiness is not, as in Aristotle's remark that, "the most vulgar, would seem to conceive the good and happiness as pleasure, and hence they also like the life of gratification".

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