Aristotle is widely considered to be one of the foremost figures in Western thought. As a student of Plato, he developed a wide range of interests, including politics, morality, and ethics.
In Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle delves into the question of what is best for mankind and humans as individuals. His conclusion is that happiness is the best possible human condition, though he is not referencing the emotion of happiness. Instead, Aristotle concludes that true happiness comes as a way of life in which the individual contributes to the good of his community, as well as his mind.
Nicomachean Ethics also discusses subjects such as the importance of moral virtue, responsibility, and friendships on one's journey to creating a happy life. Throughout history, there have been a number of authors inspired by Aristotle's works. Today, authors of moral works still frequently reference his writings.
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