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Nicomachean Ethics

Molly Struxness Ethics December 10, 2012 The Nicomachean Ethics Book VIII/IX Summary: Friendship In these two books, Aristotle talked about friendship. He started by stating what the three different types of friendship are. The first type is when it is based on utility. This type of friendship is all about getting a benefit from someone else, and it will change according to circumstances. If a person doesn’t get benefits from the other anymore, the friendship will cease to be present...

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Aristotle and Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle provides the teleological approach of how to live well in his collection of lectures, Nicomachean Ethics. In Book II of Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle presents his definition of virtue in which it is "a kind of mean" (N.E. 129). According to Aristotle, moral virtue is a means to an end, happiness. By using Sophocles's Antigone, I will support Aristotle's theory of virtue in which he reasons it to be a state of character between two extremes. A virtue that remains relevant today as it did...

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Wisdom and Pleasure: an Overview of Ethical Thought in Lucretius and Aristotle

imperturbability as opposed to excess, and arguably Aristotle and Lucretius, despite their many differences, do not detach themselves from this current of thought; drawing on this, it is possible to outline briefly what crucial elements their respective ethics have in common. Although De Rerum Natura appears to be a didactic poem dealing primarily with the Epicurean atomistic theory and other proto-scientific investigations of reality, Lucretius clearly and repeatedly calls our attention to the ethical...

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Nicomachean Ethics Virutes of Honor

one. By doing so, everyone is right, in their own sense, yet they are also wrong. This never-ending debate would never cease, therefore our efforts would render useless. A common ground is required for some kind of agreement between us. In The Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle provides us with a more universal meaning for virtue, more specifically regarding honor. Aristotle states, in Book IV, that the honorable man “does not run into trifling dangers, nor is he fond of danger, because he honors few things;...

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Relationship Between Self-Love and Friendship

Aristotle in “The Nicomachean Ethics” he talks about the relationship between self-love and friendship. Aristotle states that there are three types of friendship: utilizing friendship, pleasurable friendship and virtuous friendship. In order to have a virtuous friendship you must have a virtuous self-love. In order to have a virtuous self-love you must do virtuous acts. “Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in virtue.” (Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, p.145) Human beings...

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Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Is Happiness the ultimate goal that everyone seeks? Happiness is the goal that everyone seeks. Some people think that they seek honor, wealth, or any number of things. For example, if someone claims that they seek wealth in actuality they are seeking what they can do with that wealth. The same is for honor; they seek what other is giving them by being honored. Happiness is more like contentment. We do not make choices for the sake of something else; we make them...

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Aristotle and Friendship 1

the Nicomachean Ethics. Write an essay that reflects on both -- your friendship(s) in terms of Aristotle’s ideas and/or Aristotle’s ideas in terms of your friendship(s). You may refer to relevant sections of the Ethics by line number as needed, but the main idea here is to reflect on your real life experience of friendship and consider how Aristotle’s ideas compare to your experience. Thesis In this essay, I will refer to Aristotle’s description of friendship in the Nicomachean Ethics in order...

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Aristotle's friendship

friendship as “Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer”. Friendships in the modern world vary from those in the past due to changes in social constructs and norms, advancements in technology, and shifts in human nature. In Aristotle’s Nicomachean ethics he explains his ideas of how there are three different types of friendships and how each one interacts with one another. The first being the friendship of utility as explained by a friend that his or hers sole purpose is to trade a service or...

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Aristotle – Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle – Nicomachean Ethics Book I 1. What does it mean to say Aristotle’s ethical theory is “teleological?” In Aristotle’s world, nature, which is made up of matter and form, is teleological, meaning it has an end or goal. For example, the telos of an acorn is to turn into an oak tree. At first something has its potential and then it makes the choice in life to actualize that potential, by virtue, and be the best it can be. There is an aim and purpose to everything and a purpose to everything...

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What Is Happiness

what the human’s final goal is, there should be a process of classification in which happiness can be defined. Aristotle believed that happiness is different from pleasure and joy. Aristotle clearly mentioned what the happy life is in the book “Nicomachean” by saying that a happy life is related to the life of the virtue. Aristotle distinguished happiness from pleasure and joy by explaining that animals can also experience joy and pleasure by using there own sensations. Aristotle defined happiness...

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