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Our modern concept of happiness appears to be one synonymous with contentment A happy person is one who leads a life in which they are content with their actions However the Aristotelian conception of happiness or of eudaemonia is a compound made of matter and spirit of sense and intelligence of animal conditioning and rational all of this crowned and guided by wisdom and contemplation Happiness according to Aristotle is contingent on living a good life He is a firm believer that good life can only be met if morally right actions are performed until they become habitual After these actions become a habit moral virtue can be achieved I intend to discuss how Aristotle in his Nicomachean Ethics analyzes happiness and excellence in relation to moral virtue and the doctrine of mean Aristotle regards happiness as a final end the final cause of action for a human being He used the word eudaemonia in a sense which refers to the quality of a whole human life what makes it good as a whole despite the fact a person is not having a blast or a good time every minute of it A human life may involve many joy pleasures successes and it may also involve heartbreaks sorrows grieves troubles and that could still be a happy life So in other words happiness is not measured by the pleasures we have nor is it marred by the agonies we suffer Happiness of man can be defined by determining the function proper to man The function cannot be one which plants and animals also perform because it must be particular to human beings Therefore mans function must be a part of the term practical life of the rational part of man The term practical here implies purposeful conduct which is possible only for rational beings It follows then that happiness consists in the action of the rational part the soul To constitute true happiness this
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