Aristotle says that the virtues are necessary for humans to attain happiness, but he happiness for him is something closer to what we might call “flourishing” or “living well”, not just feeling good. Thus, according to Aristotle some people might feel that they are happy, but because they lack the virtues, they are not truly flourishing. However, imagine someone who is deceitful, selfish, greedy, self-indulgent, yet enjoys great pleasure and appears to be quite content. Is someone like this truly happy or not? Explain your answer this by referring to this week’s readings and media, and if possible provide examples from real life and/or from literature, film, TV, etc.
Paragraph must be at least 300-400 words long. Below are the required readings for this week.
Congratulations on completing Week 3! As in Week 2, there is no paper assignment for this week, but there is plenty of material to cover. Here are the topics covered in this guidance.
- What is virtue ethics?
- What are virtues?
- Four kinds of person
- Applying ethics: the environment