Notes on Nicomachean Ethics Book X, by Aristotle

Book X Pleasure

We desire pleasure as an end and it makes other good things more desirable.

We pursue intelligence and good eyesight, which are desirable without necessarily being pleasant.

Pleasure is not a process, since it is not a movement from incompleteness to completeness.

Pleasure perfects our activities.

Happiness is our highest goal in life.

The highest form of happiness is contemplation (practice and habituation)

People are unlikely to be naturally virtuous, so the state is responsible for establishing laws to ensure that the young are educated in the right way and that adults do not become bad.

Politics is able to judge how best to establish laws that will benefit citizens.

Without activity, pleasure does not arise; every activity is completed by the attendant pleasure.

Happy people enjoy what they do.

Everything comes easily is not real pleasure. Pleasure is more intense, where painful at beginning.

Different people delight different things.

Happiness is the action of the good part of soul.

People are  unlikely to be naturally virtuous, so the state is responsible for establishing laws to ensure that the young are educated in the right way and that adults do no become bad.

Laws shape people’s characters. (political level; personal level–family and friendship)

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