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In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle argues that the virtuous person relates to himself as to a very close friend. In particular, the virtuous person is in concord with himself: "He is at one with himself, and desires the same things in his soul considered as a whole...[and also] shares his own griefs and joys with himself" (IX.4 1166a). Bad people, by contrast, "are in internal conflict, and have an appetite for one thing but wish for another, and so "their soul is in a state of conflict, and have an appetite for one thing but wish for another, and so "thier soul is in a state of strife..." (IX.4 1166b). However, Socrates has a somewhat different explanation of what virtue is. for example, Aristotle notes that Socrates believed all the virtues of character "to be forms of knowledge" (IV.13 1144b). In this paper we will consider what Aristotle would make of Socrates' portrait of the philosopher in the Phaedo, in light of these comments on friendship, and how Socrates might respond.
Write an essay addressing the following questions:
(a) What is it about the virtuous person that leads or allows him or her to "desire the same things in his soul considered as a whoe"? Explain based on Aristotle's account of virtue of character in Nicomachean Ethics Books I-II, and illustrate with a representative example that shows the difference bewteen a virtuous and vicious person on this point.
(b) Does Socrates in the Phaedo display this sort of unity or concord within himself? How or how not?
(c) If Socrates displays this kind of concord or friendship with himself, how does he explain how he and other philosophers are to achieve it and how is this different from the way Aristotle suggests?
(d) If Socrates does not display this kind of concord or friendship with himself, then does that mean that he is an ethically degenerate person? Explain. Would Socrates accept Aristotle's ideal of concord as desirable? how might he respond to Aristotle's claims?
Support your work with specific references to the text, in a standard style. I recommend using MLA citation style. When citing Plato, refer to the Stephanus numbers and letters, rather than the page numbers of our particular edition. When citing Aristotle, refer to the book, chapter, and Bekker page numbers, as in the example (Nicomachean Ethics III.5 1113b-1114a).
You are covering several points in this paper, so be sure to give proper attention and development to each point. Part (a) is crucial as setup, but it is really only the beginning of the interesting part, so try to contain it ro about the first 1.5 pages and leave yourself 1.5-2 pages for (c) or (d). Based on your response to (b), you will probably either answer (c) or (d). However, if your answer to (b) is not entirely either "yes" or "no" then you may address parts of both (c) and (d).
the books we are using in class are Nicomachean Ethics Edited by Roger Crisp and Plato Five Dialogues Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo Second Edition.
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Essay Instructions: The question that we must answer is...
How does Aristotle understand the connection between happiness as the goal of human life and moral virtue? Evaluate his conception of happiness as a moral concept.
We are currently discussing the Nicomachean Ethics written by Aristotle. All information for this essay should be found between book 1 and book 6 in the Nicomachean Ethics. Citations aren't required but would be helpful.
A copy of the Nicomachean Ethics can be found right here http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/nicomachaen.1.i.html
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Essay Instructions: My paper is to be about Book II within Nicomachean Ethics, particularly a thorough description of his Theory of Moral Virtue. There are really only two parts to this that need to be explained. First, his health analogy in which he compares how health is acquired in the body to how moral virtue is acquired in the soul. A thorough explanation of this is required. The second part to his theory of moral virtue is a thorough explanation of his definition of moral virtue?.state, concerned with choice, lying in a mean, etc.
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Essay Instructions: the only source needed is Aristotles Nicomachean Ethics translated by Martin Ostwald
Write a thesis driven essay in which the following questions are answered in a comprehensive way.
1) what is Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics? (this paragraph should transition into the next paragraph)
2) What are Aristotle's most prominent messages that demonstrated his belief in man's potential to be good? Use original examples to illustrate how you interpert this message.
3) High light the thesis statement by setting it in italics. Support it in a logical organized way.
4)Choose 3 passages that illustrate your arguement. Give a an interperation of these passage and why they stand out.
5)look again at these passages and discuss how they fit in the program of the entire work.
6) please only use information from, this is all we discussed in class
Book III (chapters 1-12)
Book IV(chapters 1-5)
Book V (chapters 4-8
Book VI (chapters 5-8, 13)
Book VII (chapters 1-6)
Book VIII (chapters 1-7)
Book X (chapters 6-9)
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