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  • Aristotle's Vision Of A Perfect Government
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    The central concern of theorists is to establish a form of constitution that a society will likely succeed. Political success according to Aristotle is determined by the happiness of the citizens of the society. Aristotle's vision of a perfect government all begins with the character of the citizenry leading to the happiness of a whole state. Through his studies, Aristotle came to the conclusion that in order to achieve a perfect constitution it is essential to break down a society into parts an...
  • Aristotle's Views On Virtue Aristotle
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    Aristotle's Views on Virtue Aristotle explains virtue by first explaining what things are found in the soul. He says that the soul has three things-passions, faculties, and states of character, and virtue must be one of these. Passions are things such as anger, fear, longing, and joy. Faculties are the act of becoming angry, frightened, etc. Finally, state of character is how we cope with those passions. An example of this can be made with the passion anger. A person can either have excess or de...
  • Ethical Virtues Deal With Actions Of Courage
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    In Book I of Nicomachea n Ethics, Aristotle states that the ultimate human goal or end is happiness. Aristotle describes the steps required for humans to obtain happiness. Aristotle states that activity is an important requirement of happiness. He states that a happy person cannot be inactive. He then goes on to say that living a life of virtue is something pleasurable in itself. The virtuous person takes pleasure in doing virtuous things. The role of virtue is an important one for Aristotle. Wi...
  • Happy Life For Human Beings
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    Aristotle's view By: Patty Smith E-mail: Smith Aristotle's view Essay submitted by Patty Smith Is life really about the 'money', the 'cash', the 'hoes', who has the biggest gold chain or who drives the shiniest or fastest car, who sells the most albums or who has the most respect? Aristotle challenges views, which are similar to the ones held and shown by rap artists such as Jay-Z and the Notorious B.I.G., by observing that everything in the universe, including humans, has a telos, or goal in li...
  • Perfect The Virtues Of Excellence
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    According to Aristotle the definition of political success means the general happiness of the citizenry. Aristotle belief that molding excellent character within the citizenry is the first and most important step towards solidifying the happiness of the state as a whole. In developing political theory Aristotle begins by addressing issues of personal character on a microscopic level believing that in turn this will assist the state on a macroscopic level. Developing character or as Aristotle ref...
  • Aristotle's Notion Of Virtue According To Aristotle
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    Aristotle, another great Greek philosopher, established many theories in the field of ethics and psychology. As a student of Plato at the academy, Aristotle also theorized many inquiries about virtue. In this question we want to some how connect his ideas of psychology to his ideas of ethics. In doing this we must set out his main points than mesh them in some common bond. Aristotle's Notion of Virtue According to Aristotle, virtue primarily involves rationality and the use of a person's rationa...
  • Substance For Aristotle
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    Aristotle: A Comprehensive View on Nature and Society In order to fully understand Aristotle's views on a natural system, its necessary to first explain some general principles of his philosophy. It is in his work the Categories that Aristotle presents the concept of substance, a concept which will serve as the foundation for much of his philosophical system. Substance, for Aristotle, is not a universal, but rather, it is the particular; substance is not a "such", but a "this". Thus, substance i...
  • Plato Believes Virtue Suffices For Happiness
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    Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Nietzsche all had their own ideas for which one could reach happiness in his / her life. All have similarities in there reasoning except Nietzshe, who contradicts the others entirely. Plato states that to understand virtue is happiness. In turn virtue suffices for happiness and is necessary. Also he intuits that human reasoning prevails over spirited element or a person's appetite. Aristotle's arguments relate with Plato, but he builds more to it and finds his ow...
  • Different Belief Toward Happiness
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    ... life According to Aristotle, there is general verbal agreement that the end toward which all human acts are directed is happiness; therefore, happiness is the human good since we seek happiness for its own sake, not for the sake of something else. In a sense, realizing the end of attaining happiness is an activity of making, and it's the activity aims to make a certain kind of man, living in a certain kind of society. Happiness might be explained as the fruition of a man's way of life, in th...
  • Intellectual Virtue And The Moral Virtue
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    Aristotle believes that happiness is the ultimate goal in life. You can't reach happiness unless you work hard and become successful. That is where virtue comes into play. A human's function is to engage in "an activity of the soul which is in accordance with virtue" and which "is in conformity with reason" (page 76, Palmer). The two kinds of virtue are intellectual and moral. Our virtues are what make us all individual and all different. Intellectual virtues are what we are born with and what w...
  • Doctrine Of The Mean In Aristotle's Politics
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    The Doctrine of the Mean in Aristotle's Politics. Examining the texts of Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics" and "Politics" side by side, one is bound to find parallels between his reasoning with regard to the individual and to the state. In "Nicomachean Ethics" Aristotle discusses happiness, virtue, and the good life on an individual level and lays out necessary provisions for the good life of a person. He maintains that virtue is a necessary element of happiness: a man will be happy if he has vir...
  • Mean In Our Actions And Passions
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    Philosophy Moral Virtue and the Mean In this reading Aristotle describes virtue concerning actions and passions, and the choice of how we become our actions and passions is either of excess, defect, or intermediate. Excess and deficiency both forms of failure and the intermediate (mean) a form of success. Man is to determine a mean which lies between two vices which both falls short of goodness. Aristotle believes the middle ground will lead you to virtue while too much and too little destroy go...
  • Type Of Virtue
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    One would like to believe that there are many factors that distinguish humans from animals. On the contrary, many philosophers believe that there is just one difference between man and animal: reason. According to Aristotle, reason gives man a foundation for wisdom and knowledge that can be used with ones desire. Reason allows man to make choices that determine the character of the individual. He believes the choices made by man will define whether that person has a character of good or bad natu...
  • Aristotle's Thoughts Of Ethics
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    Aristotle's and Modern Thought Aristotle's thoughts of ethics conclude that all humans must have a purpose in life in order to be happy. I believe that some of the basics of his ideas still hold true today. This essay points out some of those ideas. It was Aristotle's belief that everything, including humans, had a telos or goal in life. The end result or goal was said to be happiness or eudaimonia. He explained that eudaimonia was different for each person, and that each had a different idea of...
  • Passions And Actions Whilst Virtue
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    In the Nicomachea n Ethics, Aristotle discusses the nature of intellectual virtue (excellence) and moral virtue (et hike) and defines them. He defines virtue as a state of character concerned with choice and lying in a mean, the mean being relative to us. This mean he says, is determined by a rational principle. It is a mean between two vices namely, excess and defect. Now virtue is concerned with passions and actions in which excess is a form of failure and so is defect whilst the intermediate ...
  • Character Trait Emphasis Of Virtue Theory
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    "Historically, virtue theory is the oldest normative tradition in Western philosophy, having its roots in ancient Greek civilization. Greek epic poets and playwrights, such as Homer and Sophocles, paint the morality of their heroes and antiheroes in terms of their respective virtues and vices. Plato believed that an integral part of one's quest for truth was understanding the ideal nature of virtues such as justice, piety, and courage. The earliest and most influential systematic account of virt...
  • Mean For An Action
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    An ethical issue that is debated in our society is the concern of driving while intoxicated. Although this was naturally not the case during Aristotle's time, many of his ethical beliefs can be applied to refute this dilemma. I will prove the standing issue to be unethical through Aristotle's discussion of virtue and his concept of voluntary / involuntary actions in the Nicomachea n Ethics. Aristotle believed that of the virtues learned in our youth, each has a respective excess and deficiency. ...
  • Aristotle's Explanation Of Happiness
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    Who are we? Why are we here? What is our purpose? These are questions that have plagued humanity since the dawn of time. Human nature is a complex and awesome entity that belies explanation at the same time it demands answers; seeks truth and unification as it explains itself with imagery and diversity and more or less plods along, pulling it's cart in search of the elusive and proverbial carrot we call actualization. More often than not the men (and women) we have labeled great have been those ...
  • Virtue To Aristotle
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    Aristotle's Ethical Theory Aristotle? sAristotle's Ethical Theory Essay, Research Paper Aristotle's ethical theory is expressed through many aspects. Aristotle tends to express his feeling towards virtue in a way where it can go two ways. He talks of how virtue is divided into moral and intellectual virtue. Excellence of character deals with the "good life' and happiness. People are concerned with their character and getting the golden mean in life. In a way all these are interrelated with each ...
  • Intellectual And Moral Aspects Of Virtue
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    Aristotle Virtue Theory Aristotle? sAristotles Virtue Theory Essay, Research Paper Aristotle's Notion of Virtue According to Aristotle, virtue primarily involves rationality and the use of a person's rationality. Rationality and happiness are activities of the soul, and virtue is the excellence of these activities. Humans are the only life forms that have a soul, the source of rationality. Thus, humans have a duty to always use their intellect. Three things are found in the soul: emotions, capac...

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