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Date Created: 01/21/15
Tu Feb 10 Aristotle NE Bk IX chs 8end p146153 Augustine Conf BkII p2331 ER 1Does Aristotle think one can be a selflover and yet die for one s friends If yes in what sense is such a person a selflover If not why not try to explain Aristotle s reasons as best you can rather than just quoting his words Aristotle does think one can be a selflover A selflover does what he can that is virtuous to him Doing what is virtuous to him also re ects in his friendships with others A person who is selfloving will want the best for himself If he wants the best for himself he ll also want the best for others A decent person will do what is right In order to do what is right one must be willing to sacrifice for his friends Upon performing altruistic acts he is awarded the greater good 2What is Aristotle s conclusion regarding whether or not a happy person needs friends See if you can find one of the main arguments he makes for this and list the key premises supporting the conclusion as you did when you reconstructed the argument in Plato s Lysis Aristotle s conclusion is that having friends is the greatest external good Premise it is absurd to make the blessed person solitary a human being is a political animal tending by nature to live together with others a happy person has natural goods it is better to spend his days with decent friends than with strangers of just any character therefore the happy person needs friends a good person finds pleasure in the actions of excellence people who are his friends the blessed person will need virtuous friends a happy person must live pleasantly his friends provide this pleasantness 3 What explanations does Augustine give for why he stole the pears What role did friendship play in his stealing of the pears and based on what we read what would Aristotle say about it Augustine explains that he stole the pears because of pleasure of stealing a forbidden act Augustine says For I stole things which I already had in plenty and of better quality Nor had I any desire to enjoy the things I stole but only the stealing of them and the sin0ur only pleasure in doing it was that it was forbidden Friendship played a role which slightly deceived Augustine s emotions He is not sure whether he liked sinning for the sin itself or because be admired the company of those who had sinned with him Text from the article to support this says Perhaps then what I really loved was the companionship of those with whom I did it If so can I still say that I loved nothing over and above thieveryBut since the pleasure I got was not in the pears it must have been in the crime itself and put there by the companionship of others sinning with me Aristotle would say that the friendship is not a virtuous one but one based on pleasure of the good feelings that Augustine had sinning with them If it was a friendship based on pleasure is it still a genuine friendship Certainly it is not a virtuous one
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