Argument and Ethics Aristotle: Happiness and Virtue Questions



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Argument and Ethics

Aristotle: Happiness and Virtue Questions
For Aristotle, can we come to some definite truth about moral behavior? What evidence do you have to support this is Aristotle’s point of view?

Why should we pursue knowledge? What is the purpose?



Aristotle spends the next several passages trying to figure out “the highest of all goods achievable by action” or “the highest human achievement.”

He starts with happiness. Is this the highest achievement humans can aspire to?

What does “happiness” mean to people who are vulgar?

What does “happiness” mean to people who are refined?

What about virtue? What does Artistole mean that “for possession of virtue seems actually compatible with being asleep, or with life-long inactivity, and, further, with the greatest sufferings and misfortunes… ”?

What about making money, or achieving wealth? Is this the highest human achievement? Why or why not?

Aristotle says that “the chief good is evidently something final.” How does he come to this conclusion?

Ummm….happiness is thought to be something that we usually choose for its own sake, right? Then, why does Aristotle reject happiness as the highest human achievement?


What is the function of man? (Something that, according to Aristotle, separates us from animals.)

So, what is “the highest of all goods achievable by action” or “the highest human achievement”?


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