Aristotle and his View of Pleasure Greek Philosopher Aristotle, born in 384 BC, is one of the central figures of modern philosophy. As a teacher and prolific writer, his teachings reached every aspect of western thought, from ethics to politics to the self. Aristotle’s most important philosophical works are arguably Politics, Poetics, De Anima and Nicomachean Ethics. His themes of universality, logic and the individual versus humanity are cultural mainstays and can apply to many elements of one’s life. One of these elements is pleasure, which defines humans. Aristotle talks at length about pleasure but specifically the multiple areas that pleasure defines and emphasizes human experience, as outlined in his seminal work, Nichomachean...The end:
.....we all deserve some type of pleasure, and deal with pleasure differently. The scope of human emotion cannot be picked apart so easily, with so much certainty. Pleasure may be something that Aristotle feels strongly about, but he doesn’t give so many concrete examples that sway me into believing his argument so easily. Other philosophers’ reinforcing his viewpoint, however, does help. I thin Aristotle makes a persuasive argument for the role of pleasure in life, but doesn’t wholly convince me of his point of view. Eudemonia, or happiness, goes hand in hand with pleasure, and each fuel each other. This, above all, is what I believe about Aristotle’s argument. Works Cited Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics. New York: Kessinger Publishing, 2004.