Aristotle's Balance of Eudaimonia

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Aristotle’s balance of Eudaimonia Aristotle, the son of Nicomachus(Aristotle), known as ‘the philosopher, was born in 384 B.C.E, in a small city named Stagira in northern Greece. During his lifetime, he studied variety of subjects and brought knowledge to all aspects (Blackburn). He viewed that as a human, a subject who’s determined goal is to reach virtue and Arête, is connected with nature and its balance (Golden Mean). Aristotle also viewed a good life as political questions. He analyzed that human’s basic shape of desire and aim is formed at the age of six (Hare). The good life, then, was defined by Aristotle as ‘the activity of the soul in accordance with virtue.’ According to Aristotle, a good life is maintaining the balance of virtue and vice, and Eudaimonia of the soul in that one would be satisfied with the accomplishments done (Bambic). Aristotle believed that everything has a function aiming for the good, and that politics are an important factor for functioning well. He stated in Nicomachean Ethics, one of his manuscript books, that the purpose of living is functioning well and learning moral philosophy. Aristotle studied logic to explain phenomenon’s, and believed that logic is the precondition of knowledge ( Palmer 91). Using this logic, He claimed that every act has a purpose, which is defined as 'good'. Aristotle proves that everything has a function, and that human beings have a function. Hence, if something functioning well is good, living is
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