Aristotle's Argument On Happiness Is The Highest Goal

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Happiness is the Highest Goal Aristotle asserts that there is in fact an ultimate good in which is both complete and self-sufficient. This good is considered as happiness. Aristotle goes on to state that happiness is our highest goal because it is at which all things aim. He then states that rational activity aims at the good. Happiness is then achieved through actions which involve reason in agreement with virtue. In this paper, I will give a brief overview of Aristotle’s argument about happiness, what he considers as happiness and how it can be achieved. Then lastly I will give my objection to Aristotle’s argument.
In Book I of Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle argues that the highest good is happiness, which means living well. The highest good must be a complete end in itself, and it should also be self-sufficient. Before one can determine what happiness is, one must first determine the function of man, because good consists of performing one’s function well. The function of the man is activity of the soul according to reason, which is a rational part of man. The ultimate good of man flows naturally from performing his function well, which will then lead to happiness.
Aristotle also mentions that when one aims at happiness, one does so for its own sake, rather than because happiness helps us realize there is another end. …show more content…

He states that the highest goal which all things aim is happiness, and in order to have happiness and live happily one must know the function of the man. Happiness is not itself a virtue, but a virtuous activity. However, I do not agree with his arguments. Not every person may see happiness as the highest goal in which all things aim. Also, not every person who lives a happy life is virtuous as well. I think that happiness and virtue depends on the person, their experiences, values and beliefs, things in which Aristotle does not

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