Aristotle 's Theory Of Virtue Ethics

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Why does Aristotle think friendship is a good? Is he right? Aristotle outlined a guide to ethics that sought, first and foremost, a degree of applicability that does not falter in its representations of humankind. Perhaps this is the reason that Aristotle plays close attention to one of humankinds most treasured and hard-wearing concepts - friendship. It would be fair to say that friendship has cemented a position as one of the most fundamental constituents that contribute to the phenomenon of daily living. Personal interactions and interpersonal relations can often be observed as “amongst friends” and it’s often associated kinship has proved a valuable role in team exercises such as many sports may highlight. Friendship plays an integral role in Aristotle’s theory of virtue ethics, an ethical system that emphasizes the importance of a person’s character as opposed to their actions. Aristotle devoted time to this in a number of his works. Perhaps this is most well-pronounced in books 8 and 9 of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and in book 7 of Eudemian ethics. Aristotle believed that a human beings friendship can be divided in to three different categories, friendships of utility, of pleasure and of virtue. If one is to understand the aim of all ethics as a pursuit of human happiness then one may be able to understand why Aristotle views the ideal of friendship as an integral aspect of his theory “if someone were offered every good thing - wealth, good health, pleasures and
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