Aristotle, Immanuel Kant And Kant

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What does it mean to be Good? How does one define a concept as broad as Good? For every wave of philosophers the world has seen there has been at least one to every group that has tried to explain what Good is. Each person’s vision is more different than the last. A subject as large as Good will certainly have a multitude of different definitions but it is my goal to try an select which philosopher if any have actually successfully defined it. The philosophers I chose to analyze are Aristotle, Immanuel Kant and G.E. Moore and all three’s interpretations of what Good is and how does one achieve a good life.
“The good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.” To Aristotle, Good is defined by happiness and the means to which we took to achieve it. This truth is widely accepted, but the issue in this derives from what constitutes happiness. Aristotle attempts to answer this question in Nicomachean. He also does not treat happiness as merely an adjective but as something much more. Rather than living happily, it is more about doing happily. According to Aristotle, happiness is extracted through the activities we choose to do and not only must we perform these acts but we must perform them well. “With those who identify with virtue or some one virtue our account is in harmony; for to virtue belongs virtuous activity.” So the activities we choose must feed our rational souls through those virtuous acts. But this does not mean that a virtuous man will be happy…
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