The Pursuit Of Happiness By Aristotle

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The Pursuit of Happiness

Some say that part of the human condition is the pursuit of happiness, but what is happiness? Is it having the best house and cars on the block? Is it he who has the most friends? To some, happiness is the highest level of success. In four pieces of work that we will be comparing, the protagonists are at odds with life. They are looking for something more that will help them find happiness. Happiness is not determined by what is happening around you, but rather what is happening inside of you. “Aristotle held that there are three forms of happiness. The first form of happiness is a life of pleasure and enjoyment. The second form of happiness is a life as a free and responsible citizen. The third form of happiness is a life as thinker and philosopher.(Gaarder 105)” Aristotle almost had it right. If Aristotle had lived today, he might have changed his three forms to fit today’s age. Happiness could be achieved with love, free will and pursuing a meaningful life.

In the book Sophie’s World a history of Philosophy written by Jostein Gaarder, Sophie Amundsen is learning the history of philosophy from letters that are sent using a dog named Hermes as the messenger written by Alberto Knox. Sophie learns the importance of asking questions, not just the questions about what happens here now, but also the questions about how we got here and who we are. Sophie is learning the philosophies of famous philosophers like Democritus, Socrates, Plato,
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