Nicomachean Ethics Questions and Answers

Nicomachean Ethics

The answers to these questions are to be found in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, book 1, chapter 9. The page number will vary according to the text you are using, but the chapter is so short that...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2020, 4:09 pm (UTC)

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One friendship Aristotle discusses is a friendship for “the sake of pleasure.” In this friendship, Aristotle says that the two people involved like each other less for who they are and more for the...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2020, 4:07 pm (UTC)

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Before I can help you try and figure out why Aristotle rejects the contention that happiness is pleasure, honor, or wealth, I think I should make sure both you and I have some idea of what...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2020, 3:15 pm (UTC)

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There are several potential areas where a student could agree or disagree with Aristotle's ethical recommendations. As personal experiences vary from individual to individual, this answer will...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2019, 1:56 pm (UTC)

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Although Socrates left the world no written material explaining his philosophical thoughts, through the writings of Plato, Aristotle, and others we know that one of his most important postulates is...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2020, 7:18 pm (UTC)

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The moral philosophy of Aristotle is based on the cultivation of virtue, or moral excellence. Aristotle identifies a number of virtues such as prudence, temperance, and courage to which the truly...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2020, 10:08 am (UTC)

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For Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics, happiness is the ultimate good because it's the only good that can be sought for itself and not as a means to some other end. In other words, if someone...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2019, 7:30 am (UTC)

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According to Nicomachean Ethics, true friendship has inherent value and cannot be exchanged for something with greater inherent value. This is opposed to a transactional friendship, where the value...

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Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle regards virtue as a disposition. It is possible for a good man to perform bad actions or for a bad man to perform good ones. However, he claims in book 2, chapter 3 of the Nicomachean...

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When Aristotle says the part about “adventitious charm,” that seems to connect to his idea that the noble and the virtuous find so much pleasure in their life as it is that they have “no further...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2020, 1:50 pm (UTC)

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In Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle describes two types of self-love. The first is basically the desire for physical pleasure, wealth, and power. This form of self-love is not virtuous, because it can...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019, 7:58 pm (UTC)

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The first key concept a student attempting to respond to this series of questions should address is the concept of "happiness." The Greek term used by Aristotle is "eudaimonia," which would,...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2019, 12:29 am (UTC)

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Aristotle says the aim of living is the good life. However, this good life is not just any life of pleasure, for Aristotle distinguishes between apparent goods and real goods. Society can raise in...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2019, 10:59 pm (UTC)

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In the philosophy of Aristotle, it seems like the soul is something of organizing principle. That is, you could claim Aristotle sees the soul as the foundation for what eventually becomes...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2020, 4:17 pm (UTC)

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As the previous answer suggests, Aristotle's definition of virtue is somewhat different from how many people may view it today. Aristotle thought that virtue consisted of avoiding excesses and...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2017, 8:45 pm (UTC)

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There is a cultural assumption here that makes the question somewhat complicated and difficult to answer without being anachronistic. While abortion is an ethically controversial topic in Christian...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016, 2:37 pm (UTC)

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You could create a scenario based on Aristotle's own life in which either courage or ready-wittedness shows how the doctrine of the mean promotes human excellence. In 322 BC, Aristotle was accused...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2020, 7:39 pm (UTC)

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For Aristotle, virtues, or moral excellences, are things that we do. In order to be virtuous one must act virtuously. The most important virtue of all is what Aristotle calls phronesis. This is a...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2019, 9:45 am (UTC)

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Nicomachean Ethics

Nicomachean Ethics is the name of Aristotle's best known work on ethics. It is named after his son, Nicomachus, because it is believed to have been recorded by him. Scholars believe that...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2011, 2:29 am (UTC)

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Aristotle says that pleasure and pain are of vital importance in the education of the young. We reward children for good behavior and punish them for bad behavior. This is how they learn virtue. In...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2019, 6:39 pm (UTC)

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To start this assignment, you first need to know the forms of justice Aristotle discusses in book V of Nicomachean Ethics. Let's review some of these. Aristotle first distinguishes between complete...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2020, 11:41 pm (UTC)

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In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle claims that the achievement of happiness is a universal ambition and is the highest good because it is an end in itself—not a means to some other end. He then...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2019, 4:04 pm (UTC)

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You could reason Aristotle would oppose a company, a person, or an agency that gives out inaccurate information because, according to Aristotle, such an action ”violates the proportion.” Remember,...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2020, 3:05 pm (UTC)

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In the Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle is primarily concerned with what constitutes the good life for human beings. His moral theory is an example of what is called virtue ethics. This is a school of...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2018, 11:56 am (UTC)

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In 322 BC, Aristotle was charged with impiety, largely because he had been Alexander the Great's tutor, and anyone who had Macedonian connections was viewed with suspicion by the Athenians. The...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2020, 9:26 pm (UTC)

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The famous philosopher Socrates was brought to trial in Athens in 399 BC, charged with the corruption of youth and with impiety. His accusers likely held personal and political grudges against...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2020, 1:29 am (UTC)

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Nicomachean Ethics

Numerous books of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics contains "advice" about how Aristotle views "good." Book One/ Chapter One: "Good as an end." According to Book One, "every action and pursuit"...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2013, 7:25 pm (UTC)

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On the face of it, it may not seem that going around and challenging people's preconceptions, as Socrates frequently did, is an especially courageous thing to do. But we should remind ourselves...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2020, 8:55 am (UTC)

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Book 9 of the Nicomachean Ethics explores the nature of friendship in great detail. It is in the context of this wider focus that Aristotle devotes five paragraphs in the eighth section to the...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2019, 5:41 pm (UTC)

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To answer this question, we first have to examine what Aristotle means by “virtue.” For Aristotle, virtue is the means between extremes. It is the middle way between excess (too much) and...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2020, 12:26 am (UTC)

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In book IX of Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle explains that the ideal form of self-love is virtuous self-love and that this kind of self-love allows for a person to love both himself and someone...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2020, 5:53 pm (UTC)

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Aristotle argues that the greatest good a human life can achieve is happiness, which is achieved through virtuous human activity. Happiness goes beyond the experience of pleasure as only animals...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2013, 6:47 am (UTC)

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Nicomachean Ethics

Both Immanuel Kant and Aristotle are major ethical thinkers who have greatly influenced the western intellectual tradition. Each have made unique and important contributions. Aristotle is important...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2012, 11:54 pm (UTC)

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