Aristotle 's Highest Good Theorem

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Phil 100 A01 Essay 2 Aristotle’s Highest Good Theorem When Aristotle first published his work entitled “Nicomachean Ethics”, you can imagine that numerous philosophers, scholars, and ordinary citizens were deeply contemplating his idea of the Highest Good Through the actions of virtue and reason, the act contemplation satisfies Aristotle’s characteristics as the Highest Good Being a self-sufficient, and complete activity, the ability to understand our function as human beings through contemplation achieves the Highest Good Aristotle’s characteristics for the Highest Good fall under these guidelines: i) It is desirable for itself ii) It is not desirable for some other good iii) All other goods are desirable for its sake Taking this definition into account, it’s obvious numerous people (including myself at times) seek happiness through other means. Many focus on obtaining pleasure, wealth, and/or honour. While widely desirable, they are means to happiness, and thus, are desirable for themselves, desirable for some other good, and other goods are not desirable for their sake. By this evaluation, Aristotle concludes that these aspects could not constitute the Highest Good. Aristotle believes that he who achieves the Highest Good is “not for some chance period but through a complete life” (Nicomachean Ethics, 1001a10). Aristotle’s idea of looking at one’s life at a whole, as opposed to scrutinizing over minor events, may constitute some degree of delayed pleasure and may be

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