Virtue and happiness


The paper is an essay that will base its discussion on Aristotle argument on virtue and ethics. The discussion will particularly narrow down to an example of my aunt story who is planning to transfer funds donated by the public to her personal account for her benefits.

From this example, we get to understand the aspect of virtue and happiness in a broader perspective. According to the story of my aunt we get that from her side she anticipates to get happiness in the most awkward way. From Aristotle perspective, he believes that happiness lies within the self-sufficient and final end. The reasoning behind this perception is that every human is towards for some adorable end, and every action that is undertaken by the individual is controlled by the desire to reach the end. Also, Aristotle believes that for a man to be happy he must take into consideration an active life of virtue which will eventually bring him close to a happy end. On the other hand, according to my aunt’s actions in real sense does not show the aspect of virtue at all because the way she gets to her end does not bring the actions that are anticipated by Aristotle. Therefore, according to Aristotle, my aunt’s actions will not portray the aspect of virtue and happiness in that getting money from the public for the reason of building an orphanage then diverting it to personal account does not bring the character of virtue at all.


It is of great concern for individuals to take into consideration Aristotle’s view of virtue and happiness with keen interest since it explains the essence of leading a virtuous life that would lead to happiness at the end.



Work cited

Crisp, R. (2013). Socrates and Aristotle on happiness and virtue. Plato’s and Aristotle’s Ethics, 55-78.

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