The Ethics Of Nicomachean Ethics

1367 Words Apr 8th, 2015 6 Pages
Olivia Schoen
Dan Brown
Ethics 101
8 April 2015
Nicomachean Ethics As one of the greatest philosophers of all time, Aristotle was one of the greats. He altered history and the way our world views philosophy and ethics. One of his theories of ethics that he written in the form of 10 books was Nicomachean Ethics, this theory consisted of Aristotle’s perspective on the life of man and what makes a good life for man. Personally, I think his theory of ethics is a good outline of how to be an ethical and happy, I think Nicomachean ethics is a valid theory as it makes sense, and as a base line or starting point can be applied to many situations. Aristotle purposes that all human beings work toward a supreme happiness or good, this good is coined as “eudemonia” and this ultimate happiness is not a state to which one can enter it is more of an activity, which must be practiced.
A main point of Aristotle’s basic ethics that can start off the summary and explanation of Nicomachean ethics is understanding that Aristotle thought that the goal of humans should be to achieve their true nature and actualize their potential. This true nature is drawn from our rationality as humans, and our actions and habitual practice of the balance of vice and virtue. To be fully actualized humans we need to act based on our function, and that function is based on our ethical disposition conveyed through virtues that one follows. Nicomachean Ethics goes onto explain the virtues that one must habitually…
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