Tuesday, December 4, 2007

A look at Aristotle's Ethics

“Friendship is a fitting model for the moral life because it respects that the change of self necessary for wholeness is impossible apart from those relationships in which love for that wholeness can be shared” p.25

“What is the best way of life and how are we to achieve it?” p. 31

“In order to be there is something that we have to become” p32

“Human nature was not given, it was achieved. It was a wholeness to accomplish by the kind of life and activities which Aristotle called the virtues, by which human beings were constituted” P.33

Aristotle does not think that individual acts will bring about the good in a person. Instead, Aristotle agues that ‘eudemonia’ must be achieved—which “is no a single highest good, some particular good which surpasses all others, but the kind of life in which all those intrinsic goods are included…eudemonia is the complete and perfectly satisfying life”
(p. 37) MacIntyre points out that morality for Aristotle is “the making and remaking of persons”, and also, “And ethics of virtue always suggests something crucial to human wholeness that is lacking, that something more has to be done is a person is ever to be established. (P. 41)

“…to be human is to have some special function to achieve”(41)

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