Aristotle, Athletics and Eudaimonia

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Aristotle, Athletics and Eudaimonia
To the Ancient Greek’s athletics seemed to occupy a special place in life. Even Aristotle appreciated athletics. However, Aristotle’s appreciation of athletics does not appear to be based on the standard criteria of strength, speed, endurance, co-ordination and skill that most people base their appreciation of sports on. In Nicomachean Ethics makes the following statement, “as at the Olympic Games it is not the most beautiful or the strongest who are crowned but those who compete (for it is some of these who become victors)”(1099a5). With this statement Aristotle is suggesting that the athletic feats themselves are not what make the Olympic athletes great. It is the act of actually participating. In...
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.....rent kind of good life.
Eudaimonia
is considered the highest form of happiness. It can be seen as the happiness associated with attaining your potential. This is why Aristotle appreciates athletes in the Olympic Games. They are athletes that have achieved their potential. In other words athletes possess
eudaimonia
because they actually compete in their sport.
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