Aristotle And Aristotle On Friendship

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In work his work The Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle addresses the question: what is the good life? Aristotle acknowledges that the generally accepted notion of the human good is happiness or, alternatively put, eudaimonia. The difficulty surrounding the age old question, and the topic that Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics primarily addresses, is not what we call the human good, but rather how happiness is defined and what contributes to a good, eudaimonic, flourishing life. Aristotle writes that happiness is an active state, and furthermore, that happiness, above all, is contingent upon a virtuous existence. A person must be good in order to achieve eudaimonia. Another necessity Aristotle holds for eudaimonia is friendship. In the following essay I will argue that the value Aristotle places on friendship, within the good life, does not conflict with his contention that happiness is a stable good; in fact, friendship is imperative in demonstrating and maintaining the stability of virtue, a consistency that gives happiness its enduring quality. True friendship, according to Aristotle, is an external reflection of an individual’s internal good, which one must have in order to reach a eudaimonic state. He logically concludes one must be good and participate in good actions in order to reach the highest form of goodness. Therefore, he contends that every reasonable person “wishes for himself [or herself] what is good and what seems so, and does it (for it is the character of a good

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