Aristotle's Ethics

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Aristotle's Ethics Introduction Aristotle was an ancient Greek philosopher educated by Plato in Athens during the golden age of Greek Civilization. He would later become a renowned teacher himself. Many of his works, in fact, are actually lecture notes written by his students. It was said that he knew everything there was to know in the world at the time. He wrote extensively on practically every field of study known to man at the time. He wrote with such expertise and logic in each field , most considered these fields of study settled and there were no serious inquires in such areas for over 2,00 years, during the Enlightenment. During those 2,000 years, Aristotle's works were considered as good as fact and they were and still are hugely influential in Western Civilization. This is why it is important to study Aristotle. He is arguably the most influential philosopher ever. It is important to understand Aristotle's Ethics because it is from Aristotle which our society takes its notions of what is "good "and what is not "good". Aristotle defined ethics as how people should best live. In all of our actions, we are all, in a sense, striving the ideal set forth in the Ethics. Thus, if success in life is about imitating Aristotle's ideal, we should actually know what it we are imitating and why. Ethics In Ethics, Aristotle is concerned with the question of what is good. He thinks this question is important because every choice and action humans take is aimed at some good.
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