Name: Instructor: Course: Date: Aristotle Interpretations towards Happiness Aristotle suggested that happiness depends on us and not anybody else. He postulated that happiness is the central purpose of human life as well as the goal of living and when each and every individual is making a decision in his life he tries to maximize happiness. He listed numerous components that bring joy to a person as discussed in this paper. He argued that human beings should always do things that bring happiness or at least provides pleasure or hike the level of happiness rather than reducing the happiness. Additionally he argued that one should avoid doing things that destroy the happiness of an individual (Badhwar 56). He suggested that happiness refers to the success combined with virtue or the status of being self-sufficient in life. Furthermore he described happiness as the pleasant life that one may live that chance provides an opportunity for good things that are unaccountable. Lastly Virtue is another component of happiness. Virtue is only appointed to an individual by someone else in case it indeed exists in that respective person. In fact for a person to considered as virtuous then the other people besides him must believe that truly he is virtuous. In conclusion Aristotle provided various interpretations towards happiness as depicted above. He viewed happiness in a full manner such that for one to be considered to have happiness then he must meet the above components of happiness. Work Cited Badhwar Neera K. Well-being: Happiness in a worthwhile life. Oxford University Press 2014.Baker Samuel H. "The Concept of Ergon: Towards An Achievement Interpretation of Aristotle's' Function Argument'." (2015). Hirai Tadashi Flavio Comim and Yukio Ikemoto. "Happiness and Human Development: A Capability Perspective." Journal of International Development 28.7 (2016): 1155-1169. [...]
DEFINITION: Take Aristotle’s definition, “[H]appiness is a certain activity of the soul “in accordance with perfect virtue” (para 33). Define it in terms that are clear not only to you but also to your peers. Take care to include each part of the definition: “certain activity,” “soul” (which in modern terms may be “personality” or “psyche”), “in accordance with,” “perfect virtue.” You may rely on any part of Aristotle’s essay that can be of help. You may certainly disagree with Aristotle or amplify aspects of his definitions. In one sense, you will be defining happiness for yourself and your times.