On the Relationship between Happiness and Virtue in Nicomachean Ethics

Philosophy and Culture 30 (8):39-58 (2003)

Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics" in today's virtue ethics was often mentioned in the discussion, the importance of self-evident. MacIntyre that Aristotle's ethics is teleological ethics , "Nicomachean Ethics" that "happiness" for the ultimate purpose of life and the highest good, and tell the world of being a happy way, McIntyre made ​​the concept that the purpose of making moral injunctions and enlightenment of humanity is not able to link the concept of the two groups. Therefore, this article aims to attempt to deal with two issues: first, to clarify Aristotle's "happiness" of meaning; Second, to explain the relationship between happiness and virtue, shows how individuals can contribute by virtue of the practical activities to achieve happiness and completion. In the current discussions about virtue ethics, Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics is often mentioned, and its importance is ineffable. MacIntyre believes that Aristotle's ethics is teleological ethics, as it's pointed out in Nicomachean Ethics that happiness is the final aim and supreme good of life and the pathways to happiness are also told in the book. For MacIntyre, the proposition of the concept of "aim" connects the concept of moral prohibition with the concept of uncivilized human nature. Consequently, this article is to address two topics: first, clarifying the meaning of Aristotle's "happiness"; second, explaining the connection between happiness and virtue as well as illustrating how one realizes and fulfills the activities of happiness through the practice of virtue
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