Aristotle 's Views On Human Nature

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Aristotle, a prominent ancient Greek philosopher, wrote about what makes humans act in a way that benefits others for the better. One of those beneficial behaviors Aristotle mentioned was called virtuous behaviors. According to Aristotle, if there are virtues than one, the good will express the best and most complete virtue. In other words, it is best to engage in complete virtues, not incomplete ones. Aristotle believed that human good is equal to virtue, and that we should commit acts of virtue because it is good for ourselves and for the rest of the world. In other words, the good is something that must be sought for the sake of doing virtue, not to satisfy an end goal of a want that is the result of virtue. Aristotle believed that the human good is when the human soul displays conveying virtue. It is overall the type of virtue in which an individual does acts of good for the sake of doing good, and the good things that they participate are a higher value because they benefit people the most. In addition, the virtues that Aristotle would have emphasized on are ones in which people do things that not only benefit themselves, but benefit others. To put it in a different context, the best types of virtues are ones in which the goal is not self-satisfaction but instead for the greater good.
There is also a personal characteristic aspect of virtue according to Aristotle. Virtue is not just something that everybody processes and processes at the same level. People…
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