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"Nicomachean Ethics"
A look at the concept of justice in Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics".
# 23239 | 1,265 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 20, 2003 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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In "Nicomachean Ethics", Aristotle's attempts to come to an understanding of human nature ultimately lead him to an understanding of justice. The paper shows how he attempts to understand how humans can reach true happiness, and delves deeply into the definitions of true happiness (eudaimonia) and virtue and outlines how virtue and happiness are intertwined. The paper discusses how Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics" deals with metaphysics and focuses on ideas like soul, happiness, virtue and friendship. In Nicomachean Ethics, he concludes that happiness ultimately derives from activities of the soul that are in accordance with virtue.

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"Aristotle defines two types of justice: natural justice and legal justice. Natural justice is the same across time, and countries. From observation, Aristotle notes that this type of justice can be difficult to see. As such, different definitions of justice are held by different regimes and governments, in spite of their good intentions. Natural justice is unchanging in principle. In differentiating the two types of Justice, Aristotle notes, "Of political justice part is natural, part legal, natural, that which everywhere has the same force and does not exist by people's thinking this or that; legal, that which is originally indifferent, but when it has been laid down is not indifferent" (Book V)."

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