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Nicomachean Ethics

According to Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics, what is the "chief good"—at which all human activity and desire is...

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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Choose some virtue not discussed by Aristotle in Nicomachean Ethics and present an Aristotelian analysis, including...

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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Would Aristotle have considered Socrates virtuous?

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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In Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle considers the common ideas that happiness is pleasure, honor, and wealth. Why does...

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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In the Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle's view is that happiness consists only of living virtuously. Do you agree? Do...

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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Do you agree or disagree with Aristotle's ethics, and why? Use your own personal experience and opinion to provide an...

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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Would Aristotle see Socrates's action in spreading the message that human wisdom is “worthless” as unvirtuous?

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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According to the Nicomachean Ethics, what is the difference between doing a virtuous act and possessing a virtue?...

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...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2020 10:34 am UTC

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According to Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics, can we become virtuous by doing the right thing? Can a person be...

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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In book V of Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle discusses several forms of justice. Choose one and briefly explain what...

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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Briefly explain why Aristotle makes reference to his theory of the soul in his argument for the proper definition of...

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 defined in Nicomachean Ethics, carefully explain Aristotle’s view of “good” (using examples).

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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Give an example and discuss the three types of friendship that Aristotle addresses in Nicomachean Ethics, book 8,...

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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How does Aristotle relate virtue to happiness in Nicomachean Ethics?  

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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Create a scenario pertaining to the moral virtue of justice, specifically as pertains to the distribution of the good...

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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Aristotle has earlier argued against the idea that happiness is pleasure. In book 1, chapter 8 of Nichomachean...

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, how does Aristotle fit his virtues in his picture of human life? Book I 1094a- 1103a

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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Create a scenario pertaining to the moral virtue of temperance, courage, ready-wittedness, or well-temperedness...

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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According to Aristotle, how can people become happy? Why does he say that it does notmake sense to view a child as...

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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Would Aristotle have seen Socrates's actions to call out people as unwise unvirtuous?

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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What arguments from Nicomachean Ethics would Aristotle use to defend abortion in extreme cases?

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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What is Aristotle's conception of the good life, and why is the good life not the life of pleasure?

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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What is 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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Would Aristotle see Socrates's decision not to call upon witnesses to testify on his behalf due to his respect for...

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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The opening question of Ethics book IX is whether a person should love himself most or someone else. Does the view of...

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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1. In books 1 and 10, Aristotle explains what happiness is, as he defines it. Focusing on books 1 and 10, explain...

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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Explain the two notions of self-love presented by Aristotle in book 9 of the Nicomachean Ethics.

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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What is the relation between function and excellence?

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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To Aristotle, explain two of the ways that pleasure and pain are relevant to morality?

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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Define and compare Aristotle's two versions of self-love and Rousseau's "amour de soi-meme" and "amour propre."

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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What are the relative merits of Immanuel Kant and Aristotle as ethical thinkers?

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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