An Unethical Deprivation Of The Highest Good

985 Words Feb 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
After considering both parties’ opinions, I have decided that I agree with the university president. I agree that states should support their universities, without trying to control what is learned and taught within them. Scholars and researchers should be permitted to flourish in the intellectual disciplines of the arts and sciences, exploring and expanding the realm of knowledge. To deny students the right to study subjects such as literature, history, and philosophy would simply be an unethical deprivation of the “Highest Good.” If life is to be meaningful, there has to be one final, achievable end. I refer to this ultimate end as the “Highest Good” (I.2, p.2). After much contemplation, I have determined that happiness is the “Highest Good” because it is chosen for its own sake. I have found that happiness is an “activity of the soul in accord with virtue,” namely the “best and most complete virtue” (I.7, p.9). Virtue is excellence of a function. Since the ability to reason sets human beings apart from all other living creatures on Earth, whatever constitutes happiness must relate to reasoning. It is clear to see that theoretical study is the fullest human happiness, being the best and most complete virtue (X.7, p.163). Subjects like literature and philosophy require extensive amounts of study to grasp, contemplate, and expand upon. Thus making these disciplines inherently valuable in the pursuit of happiness. To cease teaching the arts and sciences at universities would…
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