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The Good Life
This paper compares the logic of the good life from Aristotle's and Jesus' point of view.
# 50523 | 1,185 words | 3 sources | APA | 2004 | US
Published on Apr 18, 2004 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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This paper explores that Jesus teaches a "good life" is one in which a person learns to be virtuous, cope with hurdles, and do what is virtuous. The author points out that Jesus' view of a good life is more practical because it does not demonstrate the achievement of utopia in this world. The paper relates that Aristotle believes that by having virtuous goals and virtuous actions one can achieve a state of pleasure and, therefore, a "good life".

From the Paper:

"In order to demonstrate how happiness is embedded in virtue, Aristotle disseminates virtue into three components: external goods, goods of the body, and goods of the soul. In contrast to this, Jesus does not define goodness or categorize it. His teachings were independent of any classification. Jesus gave his followers very basic rules to guide them in everyday situations, as seen in the beatitudes. In Jesus' view, one does not keep the soul in mind and choose to make it good, but focuses on what people should do to be in God's favor. This is possible through living a good life in order to be in God's favor. In contrast to this, Aristotle believes that in order to lead a good life one's actions and goals ought to be virtuous."

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