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Two Conception of Happiness In the article Two Conception of Happiness Richard Kraut intends to discuss Aristotelian notion of happiness by distinguishing the difference concerning feeling happy and leading a happy life The act of an individual having certain feelings explores their internal identity and the only person that can really understand his true feelings is that person himself The conceptions of feeling happy and leading a happy life can be easily mistaken because they both deal with an individuals state of happiness Feeling happy represents an individuals recognition of reality as in fact being an illusion While leading a happy life signifies the high standards a person entails in order to be happy There are some differences in Aristotles conception of happiness when compared with a subjective theory of happiness It is granted that Aristotelian conception of happiness and the subjective theory of happiness say that everyone has certain standards to fulfill throughout their lives and as a result these individuals attempt to reach those goals in order to live a happy life However in looking at it from a different perspective the two theories disagree as to which value is to be used in assessing an ones life Aristotle thinks that everyone in the world lives for a certain goal and that person has a choice if they want to follow these goals or not which surely connects with an individuals happiness Aristotles conception is not Subjective rather it is objective because he claims that people are not happy until they live life to the fullest The subjectivists oppose to Aristotles conception of happiness by stating that people do not have to live the best life in order to be happy even if an individual reaches his standards that he inflicts on his life Aristotle argues that just because a person has met his values in life does not mean that they are actually leading a happy life According to
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