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Joe Holman Ethics 31801 Mid Term Essay Aristotle and St Augustine both have a very beautiful outlook on how to live a good life Aristotle explains in his books that to have a good life one must achieve happiness At the same time Augustine proclaims in his book that one must be at peace to achieve happiness After reading the work of these two authors I found that their work goes hand in hand In investigating Aristotles Nichomachean Ethics it is important to remember that just like the Physics it is a teleological view not on the natural world but on human nature the end telos of which is the good Everything that humans do is aimed at some end and this end can either have intrinsic or extrinsic worth This is to say that the acts of humans can either be done for themselves intrinsic or can be done as a means to something else extrinsic The underlying goal of all our action Aristotle calls the good but along with the good comes happiness For Aristotle then all humans are just trying to be happy Aristotle The Nicomachean Ethics The good life then is a life of happiness Aristotle says such a life can be achieved by excellence arete in two areas of virtue intellectual and moral First we will have to analyze moral virtue in order to understand fully the notion of intellectual virtue More or less for Aristotle the life of moral virtue not being an exact science is a life of moderation This is a common theme with most all the ancient philosophers and authors especially the playwrights It is practical wisdom which is not a priori but rather it is a learned trade which varies from situation to situation it can not be taught it must be learned from experience What then exactly is moral virtue It is acting in accordance with our nature and our
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