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Defining the Good Throughout history many people have attempted to define what it is to be good They have tried to explain what it is like to live a good life and what it means to be a good person Many have tried to offer their own insights into what being good really is Some philosophers have spent most of their lives pondering and arguing their idea of what being good really is Some philosophers are thick headed about the subject and will refute anyone elses idea of what being good is Other philosophers were more open minded about what being good is and would accept others ideas and maybe even include other peoples ideas in their own hypothesis But there really is no real answer to what being good is The philosophers who listened to others and accepted other peoples ideas might get a little closer to describing good but even they could not fully define it The word good is far too obscure to give one true definition to Instead it will always live as a word with no true meaning In order to find what the good and apply this the primary concern of political theorists such as Aristotle whom will be the subject of this research is to determine by what form of ordinance or law would succeed the state And he claims that unity of the Polis really leads to the Eudaimonia which is the real happiness Aristotle saw the pursuit of the good of the polis the political community as a branch of ethics the pursuit of the human good as a whole He called this ultimate goal for human beings eudaimonia which is often translated as the good life He begins the Nicomachean Ethics with the claim that all human activities and pursuits aim at the good He means for this to be understood as a claim about how human activities contribute to the human
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