Aristotle’s Ideas on Pleasure in his “Nicomachean Ethics”

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Aristotle’s Ideas on Pleasure in his "Nicomachean Ethics"
Introduction
This paper introduces Aristotle on the subject of pleasure as derived from Nicomachean Ethics and particularly, Books VII and X. In Book VII, chapters 11 to 14, one finds Aristotle’s explanation of pleasure as something to which the provincial personality refers, as part of a habit of calling things good or bad, all leading to the end. (VII, 11) Aristotle responds in a manner that seems to refer to the philosophy associated with the Stoics in good measure. In Book X, reference seems made to the Golden Mean in a repeated expression of poles of pleasure and pain through which young men are guided to prepare them for life. (X, 11) When read carefully, both sections of the...
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.....sity students speak of material diversions awaiting them, as if these could bring anything but childish distractions, for the purpose of education should be the development of most discerning faculties, able to determine the worthwhile from the fleeting.
As ever, what is authentic, and reflecting considered practical virtue, and awareness of choices to made, appealed to Aristotle. He might demand to be ‘liberated’ from the strange, rudderless and decadent society that he had somehow come to visit.
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Reference
Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics. The Internet Classics Archive. Trans. W.D. Ross. Retrieved
from http://www.classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/nicomachean.html, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October 25, 2010.