A Critique of Happiness: An Elusive Value as the Ground for Ethics in Aristotle’s Nicomachaen Ethics

Abstract

The philosopher in Ethics is concerned with providing the ground for morality; the fundamental reason why we should be who we should be or the fundamental reason why we should do or not do what we choose to do or not to do. This is because philosophy investigates the ultimate ground or the fundamental reason or cause of things. Aristotle incontestable the first to create a systematic work in ethics chose to provide us with a fundamental reason why we should be who we ought to be. In other words he provides us with a virtue-ethics not a normative ethics. This work aims at a critical exposition of Happiness as the Ground for Ethics in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. The writer’s thesis is that Aristotle provides an obscure ground for his ethics and that Happiness is an elusive human value. To achieve this, the writer shall: expose Aristotle’s Conception of Ethics; Give an Exposition of Happiness as the Ground for the Nicomachean Ethics; Give a Critique of Aristotle’s Ground for Ethics by sustaining that Happiness is an elusive human value and then finally give a Conclusion.



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Justin Nnaemeka Onyeukaziri, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan

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Conference: ACERP2019
Stream: Ethics - Ethics and Science

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Justin Nnaemeka Onyeukaziri

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