September 29, 2012

Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle opens up his essay with, “…Good is that at which all things aim.” He explains that, every part and every investigation aims at some good and the man of good moral training knows first principles already, or can easily acquire them. However, when beginning to acquire Good there are three prominent Lives one must pursue: Life of Enjoyment, Life of Politics, and Life of Contemplation. Life of Enjoyment gives you the opportunity to have more or less reasoned conceptions of the Good or Happiness not only in your life but to have you prevails as well. Mentioning, “prevail” made me, think of the second Lives, Politics. Some men think that Good is honorable. But honor is considered to be superficial since it depends on those granted honor rather than those who were being, for example, hurt during the honorable notion. “We instinctively feel that the Good must be something proper to its possessor and not easy to be taken away from him.”

Which brings its two meanings and me to describe the term “Goods”. First, things that are in good in them and second, things good as a means to these that let us separate good in themselves from things useful as means. Considering whether the former are called good because they fall under a single Idea. Things that come under a single Idea must be objects of a single science, meaning there should be a single science where it is dealing with all good things. Which made me question, what do I call the ‘Ideal Man?’ The definition of man applies to the Ideal Man. In the end, they both are defined as man. For another example, there is no difference between the ‘Ideal Good’ and ‘Good.’ This also means that meaning of the ‘Ideal Good’ would not be any more good because it is interminable. Some may think that to know the Ideal Good as a pattern would know what things are good for us in a much easier and noticeable way. However, this does not add up to the actual practice of Science. All things aim at some sort of good but they do not know the Ideal Good in which is like a carpenter asking for practice in his own craft.

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