The purpose of the nicomachean ethics is to discover the human good, that at being a good person and having a good or happy life, and their aim is not get what is best for themselves aristotle proceeds: what then can this [the function] be life seems to be common even to plants, but we are seeking what is peculiar. Lear, gabriel richardson, happy lives and the highest good: an essay on aristotle's nicomachean ethics, princeton university press, 2004, 256pp, $3500 (hbk), isbn 069114668. Aristotle: nicomachean ethics study guide contains a biography of aristotle, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes a happy life is a life according to virtue section since the contemplative life is most proper to man, it is also the best and most pleasant, and thus the happiest. An essay on aristotle's nicomachean ethics a bold new approach to one of the enduring debates about aristotle's nicomachean ethics: the controversy about whether it coherently argues that the best life for but what would it be to make a good (and in particular, contemplation, the good aristotle argues is the highest. Should realise that the best life of ethically virtuous activity is devoted to fostering ethically virtuous activity for the city as a whole it is a fully political life”6 i think that the claim that in the first book of the nicomachean ethics aristotle identifies happiness with political life is now well justified and therefore the transition from. Socratic question which had previously been explored in plato's works, of how men should best live good living in the nicomachean ethics, aristotle devotes two of the ten books to the topic of friendship and its role in the good life in this essay i will discuss what aristotle had to say about the subject of.
In the writings of aristotle's nicomachean ethics' and the book x, he discusses the idea of contemplative life and how happiness can be therefore, since the greatest virtue of humans is reasoning, then a life of contemplation would be the best life as stated by aristotle, firstly, this activity is the best. Because aristotle, like most of his greek contemporaries, believed that the highest good, then, according to aristotle must be final (teleion): that is, it must be was the one in which he felt most intensely happy, must he say that in fact it was the hap- piest day of his life i think not i can understand his saying that it was. This dissertation offers an interpretation of aristotle's conception of happiness as he presents it in the nicomachean ethics chapter 1 is an introduction aristotle claims that we should think of happiness as a highest end to which all other good things are subordinated in chapter 2, i argue that no matter what aristotle's. Yet as we shall see, aristotle was convinced that a genuinely happy life required the fulfillment of a broad range of conditions, including physical as well as mental one of aristotle's most influential works is the nicomachean ethics, where he presents a theory of happiness that is still relevant today, over 2,300 years later.
Gabriel richardson lear, happy lives and the highest good: an essay on aristotle's nicomachean ethics princeton: princeton university press, 2004 pp 238 isbn 0-691-11466-8 $3500. Gabriel richardson lear presents a bold new approach to one of the enduring debates about aristotle's nicomachean ethics: the controversy about whether it coherently argues that the best life for humans is one devoted to a single activity, namely philosophical contemplation many scholars oppose this reading because. For example, the highest good of a knife is to cut well, and a sharp knife cuts better a human being can be neither good nor happy nor virtuous without human life to be happy or to possess happiness is a central question in both greek ethics in general and aristotle's nicomachean ethics in particular thus, for the.
Third, it's best to read nicomachean ethics with a friend, or a group of friends, especially if one of them has made his or her way through the book before so, although we all act for what we think will make us happy, aristotle argues that there is only one kind of life that will actually bring about happiness. Happiness for man is self-sufficient (autarkes), complete without qualification ( teleion haplos), peculiar to humans (idion), excellent (kat' aretēn), and best and most many interpreters agree that in x 6–8 aristotle uses these along with other criteria to disqualify the life of amusement and rank one happy life above another.
In aristotle's nicomachean ethics, there is a tension between his seemingly contradictory claims about the nature of the good and ultimate human happiness the good, happy life for man is the contemplative one, but is not entirely contemplative, still requiring the pursuit of the ethical virtues in some way perfect. Aristotle seems to have two contradictory positions one position is found in book 1, chapter 7, where happiness is the highest good, an activity of soul in conformity with virtue in context, this seems to indicate human virtue as a whole, involving both moral and intellectual virtues the other position occurs much later in book.