The Ethics And The Contemplative Virtue

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Before demonstrating the differences between the ethical and the contemplative virtue, virtue should be defined. According to Aristotle virtue occurs when a person is doing a good action at the right place and time and is feeling the right amount of pleasure for doing this action (1095b30-32). He believes that virtue is equal to happiness. However, he mentions that only a virtuous person who acts virtuously can achieve happiness (1097b1-6). Human beings have to try and achieve happiness by developing a life that could reach the level of absolute happiness (1095a22-23). What really matters in life is not the final destination, but the actual trip people take in order to reach that final destination. A trip can teach you many things and put you under circumstances that you never before, making you a stronger and more knowledgeable person. According to Aristotle, happiness is not a feeling, because feelings are emotions that are being repeated and this is what habit is all about (1103a19-23). It turns out to be more of activities that people chose to develop in order to achieve its best form. It helps people improve their good and valuable skills which turn them into magnanimous individuals (1179b24-26). There could be many scholars debating whether his statement of virtue and happiness is real and whether or not humans cannot possible be happy. Since virtue is equal to happiness then it is not a habit as well and one true end for the people is happiness (109816-20). It could be argued that every human being is different and that not all humans live under the same circumstances. Meaning that there life experiences could possible differ and what one considers to be happy might not define happiness for someone else. Considerin... ... middle of paper ... ...e contemplative and ethical virtue. To continue, the person responsible in order for someone to achieve a contemplative virtue is a teacher. Aristotle, mentions this because not everyone can help you achieve knowledge on a specific subject, sometimes it requires an expert or a person more knowledgeable than you on that subject (1139a27-31). For example, only a guitar player could teach another person guitar because the guitar player is far more experienced in playing the guitar and has most probably more years of practise. Not any person can teach well the guitar. However, at the same time in order for the guitar player to teach guitar to someone else, he should have achieved to be at his best period of his experience, at the best time and circumstances. Otherwise, his transformation of knowledge could not possibly achieve the best outcome of a teaching experience.
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