Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

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Name Instructor Course Date Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle viewed ethical theory as a discipline distinct from the theoretical sciences. Its methodology must be in line with its subject matter or good action. It is significant to note that people study ethics in order to upgrade and improve their lives; therefore, its major concern is about the nature of human well being.


He asserts that what we require, in order to live well, is maximum appreciation of the manner in which such goods as pleasure, friendship, virtue, wealth, and honor match together as a whole. In order to apply that general comprehension to particular situations, we must acquire, through significant habits and upbringing, the ability to view each occasion, which course of behavior or action is best backed by reason. Thus, practical wisdom and knowledge as Aristotle understands it, cannot be acquired by solely learning general rules. Human beings must acquire them through practice, social and emotional skills that ensure that we put our general comprehension of well being into practice in manners that are suitable to each occasion or situation. In his book 9 chapter eight, Aristotle explores the necessity of friendship in life of human beings. He argues that some people believe that when fortune is kind to them, they do not see the need of having friends, which according to Aristotle is irrational thinking that expresses human selfishness. It is a disputed case whether a happy man requires friends or not. ...
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