Title

How Aristotle Makes Us Unhappy: Obstacles In the Nicomachean Ethics

Date

6-1-2017 3:15 PM

End Time

1-6-2017 3:45 PM

Location

WUC Calapooia Room

Department

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Session Chair

Ryan Hickerson

Session Title

Philosophy, Senior Theses

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Ryan Hickerson

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

In Aristotle’s ethical work he describes Eudaimonia as the highest human good. Aristotle says money, wealth, power, and good looks are necessary for a happy and virtuous life; but real life experiences tell us otherwise. Aristotle’s ethics cannot be achieved by the common man (elitist) and happiness’ true source is living and experiencing life- as opposed to contemplation and thinking, as Aristotle suggests. In this paper, I will show that Aristotle’s ethics are elitist and his virtues prevent rather than promote happiness.

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Jun 1st, 3:15 PM Jun 1st, 3:45 PM

How Aristotle Makes Us Unhappy: Obstacles In the Nicomachean Ethics

WUC Calapooia Room

In Aristotle’s ethical work he describes Eudaimonia as the highest human good. Aristotle says money, wealth, power, and good looks are necessary for a happy and virtuous life; but real life experiences tell us otherwise. Aristotle’s ethics cannot be achieved by the common man (elitist) and happiness’ true source is living and experiencing life- as opposed to contemplation and thinking, as Aristotle suggests. In this paper, I will show that Aristotle’s ethics are elitist and his virtues prevent rather than promote happiness.