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The Possession of Virtue Leads to a Happy Life. Discuss

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´╗┐Academic Honor Code Amir Meraban 11B May 12, 2014 Nicomachean Ethics Essay The Possessions of Virtue Leads to a Happy Life Most authoritative sciences have been substantiated after a lot of research and accepted by authorities in their respective fields, work not only for the individual good but also for the collective group. Though procuring individual good is not a bad thing, the good brought about for a collective group, such as a city or a country is much more higher and nobler because it is for the human good, as opposed to the individual good. Therefore, gaining knowledge of the good is a crucial part of our lives. There is a vast diversity where goods are concerned. According to Aristotle, ?Knowledge of the matters that concern political science will prove beneficial to those who follow reason both in shaping their desires and in acting.? (Nicomachean Ethics, 1095a- 3) Political science is one of the authoritative sciences that have guiding principles that would prove beneficial for those who want to live life with great self-restraint, because it helps to mold or shape their actions and desires. ...read more.

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(Nicomachean Ethics, 1096a- 5) Virtues such as honour, intellect or pleasure are chosen by us because it gives us happiness and the common notion according to Aristotle is that good is ?that for the sake of which other things are done.? (Nicomachean Ethics, 1097b -7) The possession of virtues of character leads to a happy life. In most cases, all our rational choices and all our actions are usually motivated and directed towards acquiring some good and mostly it acts as a means to other ends. Therefore, when we pursue good outcomes for the sake of something else, it is not considered complete. However, ?we choose them also for the sake of happiness, on the assumption that through them we shall live a life of happiness.? (Nicomachean Ethics, 1097b- 7) The character of the virtue of happiness is said to be complete by itself, because it is pursued for the sake of itself and not for the sake of other things. ...read more.

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?Wealth is clearly not the good we are seeking, since it is merely useful, for getting something else.? (Nicomachean Ethics, 1096a ? 5) This is not a favored way of life because this is not the kind of good we are seeking for happiness and does not serve the right purpose. The virtue of happiness is a good in itself and not pursued for the sake of other things. Aristotle explains that ?Some think that happiness is virtue, some practical wisdom, others a kind of wisdom, while others think it is a combination of these or one of these along with more or less pleasure.? (Nicomachean Ethics, 1099a ? 8) However, for those who look upon happiness as a virtue and pursue it with sincerity and nobility, then life becomes harmonious. Any action pursued in accordance with virtue is noble and has pleasant outcomes and hence Happiness is believed to be the noblest and most pleasant thing when compared to others. For such happy people, life is pleasant and peaceful and they naturally extend that happiness to others around them. ...read more.

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