PHL200Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Nicomachean Ethics

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9 Oct 2017
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Utility: based on the usefulness of one person to another. Mutual esteem: based on one person thinking well of the other (admirable as an equal) Interest: based on a shared interest: this allows for shared interests or utility. Human being ought to live in accordance with reason i. e. , the flourishing of the self through the self-governing of reason. Possibilities: pleasure, moral virtue, political activity, contemplation. Argument for hedonism: all things aim at pleasure, what is chosen is what is excellent, all things avoid pain, pleasure is intrinsically choice worthy. If combined with pleasure, all goods are made better.

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