In the writings of aristotle, seen in nicomachean ethics, it is evident that aristotle believes that friendship is necessary for a virtuous and therefore happy life i believe that while contemplation may fit the conditions of an ultimate good still it does not appear to be the ultimate human happiness for all human beings [ tags:. Read this full essay on aristotle: the life of contemplation is the best life in nicomachean ethics, aristotle discusses happiness to be the 'ultimate goal. In book x of the nichomachean ethics, aristotle discusses the various lives that people lead in order to achieve true happiness he suggests a particular few to be the best candidates for this, yet concludes the most pleasant to be the contemplative life in this essay, i will examine aristotle's reasons for believing that a life of. If so, then, as i argued in the last chapter, morally virtuous activity would be choiceworthy for the sake of contemplation as for an object of love aristotle's happy person could make all his choices with an eye to contemplation without rendering irrelevant the intrinsic value of courage, justice, temperance, and the other moral. In the writings of aristotle's nicomachean ethics' and the book x, he discusses the idea of contemplative life and how happiness can be established through virtue in this paper, i will argue the reasons aristotle has provided in establishing his theory that a contemplative life is the greatest life to live, and.
Why, according to aristotle, is politics essential to the achievement of the good life the main topic of both aristotle's nicomachean ethics (ne) and his politics ( p) is the achievement of happiness (“eudaimonia”) or the good life in this essay i will briefly introduce the background of aristotle and his politics then after. Aristotle possesses theoretical knowledge and brilliantly philosophizes, but at the same time he understands that it leads to the happiest lifehus, he makes philosophy appealing to a society whose focus is on earthly quotations in this essay are drawn from aristotle's nichomachean ethics, translated by martin ostwald. Happiness depends on ourselves more than anybody else, aristotle enshrines happiness as a central purpose of human life and a goal in itself there is yet another activity few people engage in which is required to live a truly happy life, according to aristotle: intellectual contemplation since our nature is to be rational,. At the end of nicomachean ethics aristotle argues that the best life, the most virtuous life is the contemplative life, the life of philosophical reflection of course, as if you've been reading my essays or you've ever heard me preach or teach, you've probably picked up his influence on me (in this regard i'm.
Lear, gabriel richardson, happy lives and the highest good: an essay on aristotle's nicomachean ethics, princeton university press, 2004, 256pp our text of the nicomachean ethics, however, ends with a passage urging that a life of human happiness lies in contemplation or study (theoria) of the. The last three chapters of the book argue that, although for aristotle complete happiness consists in contemplative activity, the completely happy human life includes many other valuable things, including different practical activities and virtues chapter 6, immortalizing beings, explains what reeve takes to. Despite the extravagant praise that he lavishes upon friendship, aristotle is quite clear that the best and happiest life is not the life spent in friendship, but the life spent in the contemplation of those things that are most true and therefore most beautiful and most dependable there is a contradiction here: if.
Gabriel richardson lear presents a bold new approach to one of the enduring debates about aristotle's nicomachean ethics: the controversy about whether it coherently argues that the best life for humans is one devoted to a single activity, namely philosophical contemplation many scholars oppose this reading because. This accessible literary criticism is perfect for anyone faced with nicomachean ethics essays, papers, tests, exams, or for anyone who needs to create a nicomachean ethics lesson plan the life of contemplation in book x, aristotle ultimately concludes that contemplation is the highest human activity this is largely a. Gabriel richardson lear, happy lives and the highest good: an essay on aristotle's nicomachean ethics princeton: princeton university what is new in her approach is the nature of the ordering between the life of moral virtue and the contemplative life of philosophy in her view the activities of moral.