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How to Write a Philosophy Paper

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Philosophy
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CAS PH 150
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David Shim

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Ethics Notes Aristotle­ Nichomachean Ethics Book 1 1. “Every activity aims at some good” either –final (valued/sought for its own sake)  –instrumental (valued for sake of something else) 2. “If there’s no final good, all activity is empty & vain” (why want A? B? C?) 3. “The final good is eudemonia” (Humans intrinsically want happiness) 4. We can figure out what eudemonia is by thinking about human function 1. A good X is an X that fulfills its function 2. We determine function of X by thinking about what distinguishes it 3. What distinguished human beings is rational activity (reflect inwardly) 4. So the function of human beings is rational activity 5. Therefore, a good human being is one that engages in rational activity Book 2: 1. What is a virtue? a. State of character that motivates us to aim at/choose mean  b. Vices are the opposite of virtues 2. Ho
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