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1.Choose ONE essay question/ topic only.

2.The essay is to be written as a discussion.

3.A minimum of 6 double-spaced pages (not counting reference page or title page)

4.Consult at least 2 other sources in addition to your main textbook and class notes; internet sources acceptable.

5.Add a reference page to the back of the essay.

6.Avoid the use of many quotations; only short quotations are acceptable.

7.Don’t plagiarize.

4. Compare and contrast Aristotle’s view of human happiness with Aquinas’. How do their ideas differ from our contemporary ideas about human happiness? Compare, contrast and evaluate the competing concepts. Which position do you most identify with? Justify fully your response.

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As we go through our limited time on earth, I believe it would we best that we determine the purpose of our existence, and finds ways to make our lives more meaningful. We are aided in this journey by philosophers like Aristotle and Aquinas, both whom have provided guidelines on how to live the good life. This paper will compare and contrast their views on human happiness.
Instead of telling us what life ought to be, Aristotle first tells us what life is. Aristotle explains to us that every human activity, “every skill and every inquiry, and similarly, every action and rational choice” (Crisp, 2000), is aimed at some end which we consider good. There are many ends, some subordinate to others. The highest ends are the ones pursued for their own sake, and are ends in themselves. For example, the making of bridles is done as part of the art of horsemanship, and the art of horsemanship is for the purpose of winning the war, and the victory at war is needed in order to pave the way for a good life. Aristotle (and almost everyone else) believes that the ultimate end is eudaimonia or happiness.
In order to arrive at certain understanding of happiness, Aristotle had to determine “which science or faculty is concerned with it” (Crisp, 2000). In doing so, Aristotle claims that the science of politics is the master science “because it lays down which of the sciences there should be in cities, and which class of person should learn and up to what level”, and that “even the most honourable of faculties such as military science, domestic economy, and rhetoric, come under it...

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