Happiness as it Relates to Morality Persuasive Essay

Happiness as it Relates to Morality
A philosophical look at how morality and happiness are related.
# 119141 | 1,150 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | JM
Published on Apr 05, 2010 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Philosophy (Ethics) , Ethics (General)

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According to ancient Greek Philosophy happiness and morality go hand in hand, as a good life consists of moral virtue. This paper attempts to explore the affiliations between these two concepts (morality and happiness), and is based on the philosophical premise that the majority of people that are moral are indeed happy, and that only moral beings can be truthfully contented because the good soul will live well, and to live well is to be happy.

From the Paper:

"One definition of happiness is the practice of virtue. In this sense, only the philosopher-in whom rationality reigns above all else-can achieve supreme happiness. Aristotle believed that the rational part of philosopher's soul will lead him to his own good, and consequently the good of the entire community. The philosopher will agree to rule for the sake of the whole and producing more good or happiness than harm. This combination of ruling and philosophizing will constitute the very happiest life; that is, the life of complete moral excellence. For Aristotle, happiness for the community would be achieved by electing the most moral and rational to lead them (a philosopher).
"Plato agrees with Aristotle, as he declared that the just in a moral state will think and act in an absolutely impersonal way to achieve the common good. Through rationally, the philosophers will act to bring themselves and others as near as possible to a moral state, which in turn makes the society happy (Annas 322)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Annas, Julia. An Introduction To Plato's Republic. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.
  • Boss, Judith A. Ethics for life: A Text with Reading 4th Ed... New York: The McGraw- Hill Companies, INC, 2008
  • Haidt, Jonathan. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom. New York: Basic Books, 2006.
  • Solomon, Robert C. The little Philosophy Book. New York: Oxford University Press, INC, 2008

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