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Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics Books 1 and 2`

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Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics Books 1 and 2`

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Date Created: 09/19/16
Introduction Into General Philosophy “The Supreme Good For Humans” Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics Book 1 Common Sense Morality  We judge some acts to be right or wrong, without reference to their consequences.  Each one of these judgements seem to refer to some general rule of duty.  When in doubt, refer to the general rule. Rule of Prudence  Act wisely; don’t be impulsive but follow reason.  Practice self­control. Rule of Benevolence  Love others, and serve them out of love. Ethical Theories  Virtue Ethics  Utilitarianism  Katian Ethics Virtue Ethics  Good Character ­ The kind of person you are is more important than what you do. ­ You ought to be a reasonable person. ­ That is what it means to have good character. ­ Being reasonable is the true good for humans.  That at which all things aim… ­ Every activity aims at some good. The Supreme Good for Humans  Means vs. Ends ­ Means are valued because of what can be done with them. ­ Ends are valued just for their own sake. ­ Some things are valued in both ways.  General definition of the Supreme Good ­ Must be whatever is chosen just for its own sake ­ And never as a means to an end ­ Must be whatever by itself makes life desirable  Pleasure  ­ Some people hold that happiness means pleasure. ­ Aristotle views pleasure as too low a Supreme Good for humans.  Honor ­ Others believe that happiness means honor. ­ Honor is reliant upon other viewing and acknowledging it.  Virtue ­ To have passive virtue cannot be the Supreme Good. Specific Definition of Happiness  Happiness for Aristotle was to live reasonably over the course of an entire lifetime. Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics Book 2 ~Courage~ to have just the right amount of disregard for danger  Extremes of courage are rashness and cowardice  But if we cannot find the right balance, it is better to ne rash than cowardly because  cowardice is the exact opposite of courage. Therefore, rashness is more like courage. Cowardice X COURAGE > Rashness Insensibility X TEMPERANCE > Profligacy Meaness X LIBERALITY > Prodigality Irascibility X GENTLENESS > Spirtlessness


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