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Happiness as the End of Actions

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    One big idea: Pursue a balanced life.

    Welcome to this Big Idea Blink. For this type of Blink, our editors choose one thought-provoking insight from a book so you can learn something new in just a few minutes. 

    The idea we’d like to talk about this time is that a certain balance is important in achieving a fulfilled life. Coming from one of the most influential minds of the ancient world, Aristotle’s insight remains as relevant today as it was over two millennia ago.

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    What is The Nicomachean Ethics about?

    The Nicomachean Ethics (around 340 BC) explores the question of what makes a good life. It argues that achieving a balanced, virtuous life through rational activity is the essence of human happiness.

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    The Nicomachean Ethics (350 BC) by Aristotle delves into the nature of ethics and the pursuit of happiness. Here's why this book is a gem:

    • Exploring the concept of virtue and its role in leading a fulfilling life, it offers timeless wisdom on moral character and personal development.
    • It delves into the idea of flourishing through ethical choices and relationships, providing a roadmap for living well and harmoniously.
    • By advocating for a balanced approach to life and highlighting the importance of moderation, it challenges readers to reflect on their values and behaviors.

    Who should read The Nicomachean Ethics?

    • Students of philosophy
    • Those interested in ethics
    • Anyone seeking a meaningful life

    About the Author

    Aristotle was an ancient Greek philosopher and polymath, a student of Plato and a teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover a wide range of subjects, including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theatre, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, and government.

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    What is the main message of The Nicomachean Ethics?

    The main message of The Nicomachean Ethics focuses on the idea of achieving happiness through virtuous actions.

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    Is The Nicomachean Ethics a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The Nicomachean Ethics is worth reading for its profound exploration of ethics and virtue that remain relevant to this day.

    Who is the author of The Nicomachean Ethics?

    The author of The Nicomachean Ethics is Aristotle.

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