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Aristotles theory of happiness derives from the fact that what distinguishes humans from animals is rationality and therefore the most human life is the one lived rationally A rational person would choose to live virtuously and therefore the most virtuous life is the happiest life Modern philosophers such as Susan Wolf disagree with this theory because they believe there are more considerations when considering happiness such as well-roundedness state of mind and non-moral traits In this paper I will argue there is more to happiness than morality which Aristotle argues agreeing with many of Wolfs arguments and discuss the strong and weak aspects of her arguments she discusses in her paper Moral Saints along with other philosophers arguments In Wolfs paper Moral Saints she argues that we have sound compelling and not particularly selfish reasons to choose not to devote ourselves univocally to realizing this potential or to taking up this opportunity where this potential refers to the unlimited potential to be morally good She backs up this claim with many concrete arguments however some of her arguments fall short Firstly she bases her paper on the idea that there could be two different kinds of moral saints- a Rational Saint and a Loving Saint A Loving Saint is more similar to Aristotles definition of a moral saint and consists of a person whose happiness lies in her moral actions and gladly devotes herself to others A Rational Saint on the other hand ignores her happiness in order to focus on morality and therefore sacrifices her happiness for the happiness of others Aristotle believes an action is not virtuous unless the person performing the action does it in the right way at the right time knows what she is doing is good does it by her own choice and has the right feelings of pleasure along with the virtuous action If the she feels she is sacrificing her happiness and is forcing herself to do
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