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Prior to a look at Aristotles ethics I feel it is important to look at the man and his background Aristotle an Ionian was born in Stagira a Greek town on the northwest shores of the Aegean Sea in 384 BC At the age of eighteen he entered Platos school called the Academy staying there for nearly twenty years Plato was quick to realize Aristotles abilities and called him the Academys brightest and most learned student While there he wrote popular writings for general discussion outside the AcademyAfter Platos death Aristotle left the Academy and lived with a few disciples of Plato It was during this period of his life that he took a wife Her name was Pithias the adopted daughter of his friend In approximately 342 BC Aristotle was invited by King Philip II to supervise the education of his son Alexander After Philip II was assassinated Alexander took over the throne He later conquered all of Greece and the Persian Empire and soon became known as Alexander the GreatIn 334 BC Aristotle returned to Athens and opened a school called the Lyceum It was there that he took on the teaching practices of Socrates He wrote treatises and memoranda to be used as student In 323 BC after the death of Alexander Aristotle was charged with impiety by the Athenians This charge was thought to stem from his friendship with Alexander Aristotle fled Athens because he remembered what had happened to Socrates He went to Chalcis so the Athenians would not sin twice against philosophy He died the following yearAristotle realized that happiness in the ultimate goal of a persons life All that a person is and does should be directed toward this end To arrive at goodness one must contemplate what universal and eternal truths are and how these can be mastered in terms of each persons life style Wealth to many is a pleasurable goal but by itself it does
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