September 5, 2012
Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics
Aristotle's Book of Ethics sets out to define the Good of man and the essence of Virtue and Choice. "The Good is That at which all things aim," but all things appear "good" to different people. How then can we clearly define a Supreme Good when the term is primarily intrinsic and subjective? Aristotle suggests the subject of "Good" to be synonymous with the Life of Politics, where one's happiness is the root of all that is good in life. But again, one man's happiness is another man's folly, and the paradox continues. On the other side of the spectrum, is finding Good in honor. But because honor is more so how other's perceive one's actions rather than the individual himself, it is more fitting to regard virtue as a greater good than honor. Virtue, meaning concerned with emotions and actions, both voluntary and involuntary choices. Choice is a voluntary act, requiring thought and deliberation. At the root of one's choice is an eternal definition of Good and Desire.