Aristotle 's Nicomachean Ethics : Virtue

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Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics discusses virtue as a disposition to act in a manner that is a mean between excess and deficiency. In the following, friendship will be shown to be a virtue by explaining the different kinds of friendship. Beginning by understanding what a virtue is for Aristotle will show that friendship is a desirable state of character and help prove it is a virtue. By contemplating the value of friendship and it’s importance to the moral good of human action, the paper will show that friendship is a virtue. Reflecting upon these topics will finally point to the fact that friendship is a virtue. To being we must understand what a virtue is; this is because for Aristotle moral virtue is both a disposition and an action. Disposition is a state of character, a state that is not only desirable but brings happiness for it is both good for the person wishes it and acts upon it. “The object of choice being one of the things in our power which is desired after deliberation, choice will be deliberate desire of things in our own power” (Nicomachean Ethics, 3.4 113a1 9-10). By Aristotle’s account, virtue must be in accordance with choice; a choice that is thought out and one that brings happiness and is thus desirable, however. Both choice and a desire are separate in themselves; while the former is to decide upon something and the other is to want meaningfully there still exist the absence of action in corporal form. For action is also a part of virtue, this is because “human good turns out to be activity of soul exhibiting g virtue” (Nicomachean Ethics, 1.7 1098a, 16); “moral virtue comes about as a result of habit, whence also its name (ēthikē) is one that is formed by a slight variation from the ethos (habit) (Nicomache... ... middle of paper ... ...riendship that are not virtuous. The state of utility is not one because it exists only so long as both benefit. The state of pleasure itself is not one either, for it depends on one’s own love and will cease to be once the friend no longer is pleasant. Where virtue is found is in the state of the good; where your ideas and qualities of virtue exist in anther that would foster better relations. It exists also in the friend themselves, the fact that they exhibit activates of virtue is desirable and as such would be reason to maintain that friendship, but. It exist without qualification, it exist in the fact that those qualities you find lovable bring you happiness; and as such it is better to love so you find or bring about happiness in you. As stated, virtue is state of charter that brings happiness, and loving a friend brings happiness. Friendship then is a virtue.
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