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Aristotle claims that happiness flourishing or living well is a complete and sufficient good This implies that it is desired for the sake of happiness with no capability of being evil in any way There are many avenues in which happiness can be achieved and Aristotle delves into some of these examples pleasure comfort etc He specifically mentions the life of gratification money making political action and the philosophical life Aristotle doesnt necessarily agree with living a life of making money or gratification but does admit that living the happy life does include gratification The question of what happiness consists in is approached in several ways Aristotle notes that in plants and animals flourishing is a part of their functioning as well ingrained in their nature This brings up the question of what the major function of a human being is Aristotle states that our function indwells in reason and acting accordingly to reason He claims that this is the heart of the doctrine of both moral and intellectual virtue So essentially by exercising and practicing moral and intellectual virtue will result in living well Aristotle points out the fact that humans tend feel the emotion of desire and the want for what we see as better things This leads to the conclusion that happiness in it of itself consists the emotion of desiring seeking a greater degree of goodness There are a few ways one can categorize good One way is external goods wealth power social status etc Another category of good is goods of the body health physicality mentality etc Finally there are the goods of the soul which include virtue wisdom education etc There is one problem with this and it is to isolate and identify which of these goods are related to happiness Aristotle claims that the goods of the body are quite fundamental for happiness and that the other goods are traits of the life of the virtuous person
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