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Happiness and Virtue

Posted on: April 18, 2009

According to Aristotle, happiness is not pleasure, honour, or wealth. Happiness by his definition is related to virtue because based on what Aristotle said happiness is an activity of the soul with accordance with virtue. Aristotle mentioned that happiness by his definition is related to virtue. He also pointed out the two kinds of Virtue: Moral and Intellectual. He mentioned that moral virtue comes from training and habit. Also, he said that moral virtue is a state of character that is a mean between the vices of excess and deficiency. In the other hand, Aristotle defined intellectual virtue as the most perfect happiness and is found in the activity of reason or contemplation. Happiness is related to pleasure in the sense that based on what Aristotle said that most men seem to identify happiness with pleasure that is why they love the life of enjoyment.

 

He said that moral virtue comes from training and habit. He pointed out also that moral virtue is a state of character that is a mean between the vices of excess and deficiency. In example to that is courage as a mean between the extremes of rashness and cowardice.

 

Based on how I understand the content, I think it is possible for everyone in our society to be happy. Everyone can be happy but to what happiness is differs depending on the aspect that a certain person finds fulfilment. In example to that, for some pleasure can be a form of happiness while for others it may be honour or wealth. There are a lot of reasons for a person to be happy and every person has different views about their own happiness.

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