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Aristotles Nicomachean Ethics In Aristotles Nicomachean Ethics he expresses his opinions on the basis of thought through eudaimonia and arete Eudaimonia is the goal of human conduct or telos in Greek In English Eudaimonia translates into happiness but Aristotle uses it as a well being through prospering and flourishing To achieve this prospering and flourishing one needs satisfaction of a job well done Arete is excellence in fulfilling a function also known as an ergon Aristotle finds arete or a virtue in all objects animate and inanimate Aristotle explains his view of the chief good throughout the Doctrine of the Mean through the comparing and contrasting of virtues and vices Aristotle begins Nicomachean Ethics with an explanation of the chief good This good is presented by him through thoughts and theories of the Doctrine of the Mean He states that all men who are in search of the good and knowledge of the good have a profound influence on life He then writes how a good man sets goals for himself on a specific task This experience in the function of the task gives self satisfaction An example used by Aristotle is a sculptor who participates in the art of sculpting The end result of his sculpting is a beautiful piece of artwork This proves that the function done by the sculptor makes him satisfied in performing the action The final result is the chief good which is sought out by the man who is doing the activity Aristotle believes that since the activity culminates the soul it will have an end result in making the soul happy Aristotles view in the Doctrine of the Mean on human virtue is split into two parts intellectual and moral virtue Intellectual virtue is birth and growth through teaching experience and time Moral virtue comes as a result of habitual activities He explains that there are three rules of moral virtue The first is that
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