PHI 208 week 4 discussion – Excelsior Writers |
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Each section #1-4 should have their own paragraph. All together combined no less than 600 words. Apa format and Please use the references below. Thank you!

  1. Aristotle says that the virtues are necessary for humans to attain happiness, but he means this in terms of something we might call “flourishing” or “living well”, which he considers quite different than simply feeling good.
  2. Thus, according to Aristotle some people might feel that they are happy, but because they lack the virtues they are not truly flourishing.
  3. However, imagine someone that is deceitful, selfish, greedy, self-indulgent, and yet enjoys great pleasure and appears to be quite happy.
  4. Is someone like this “flourishing” 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.

References to use:

Mosser, K. (2013). Understanding philosophy [Electronic version]. Retrieved from

  • Chapter 6: Traditional Theories of Ethics
    • Virtue Ethics
    • Problems with Virtue Ethics
    • Greed
    • The Environment
    • Ethics of Extinction

Aristotle. (1931). Nicomachean ethics (W. D. Ross, Trans.). Retrieved from

Hill, T. (1983). Ideals of human excellence and preserving natural environments. Journal of Environmental Ethics, 5(3), 211-24. Retrieved from…

Robinson, P. (2007). Magnanimity and integrity as military virtues. Journal of Military Ethics, 6(4), 259-269.

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