The Ethics Of Plato And Aristotle

977 WordsMay 8, 20154 Pages
In this essay, I will be examining the ethics of Plato and Aristotle. I will explain the five fundamental concepts of Plato and Aristotle. I will focus on their theories on the good life as a life of justice, censorship, knowledge and the good life. I will first explain Plato’s ethics. Plato was a philosopher, both a rationalist and absolutist. According to Plato, people must be schooled to obtain certain kinds of knowledge for example mathematics, philosophy etc. The training will give them the ability to know the nature of the good life. Not many people have the mental ability to learn what the good life is. They have to be exactly like a person who has knowledge. The people who have knowledge are to be the leaders in the society. Finding the nature of the good life is an intellectual task, which is similar to discovering mathematical truths. They must develop righteous habits of behavior. Plato believes that control is necessary to stop some of the experiences by young people if they are to discover the nature of the good life. If a person can discover what is right and knows what the good life is, he or she will not go against the principles. Plato’s virtue of wisdom, courage and temperance are in operation, a supreme virtue is indication in justice. Wisdom is the feature of the intellect. Courage is the feature of the will. Temperance is the feature of the appetites. There is ‘one and only one good life for all to lead since goodness is not dependent on

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