Group 2

Group 2: To what extent does eudaimonia depend upon living in a community, according to Aristotle? Would just any community be sufficient for happiness? What does community contribute to the possibility of human flourishing? Suggested chapters to look at: N. Ethics Book I, Chapters 3, 7, and 9, and Book II, Chapter 1.

Aristotle says that community is made up of individuals with a responsibility to the social hierarchy. Therefore, a community is achieved once each individual achieves their individual virtue. At this point eudaimonia is achieved.

In book 1 chapter 3 Aristotle talks about how different people have certain responsibilities to the community as a whole which gives them their purpose. "Now each man judges well the things he knows, and of these he is a good judge." The community must consist of a variety of citizens who hold responsibilities to each other in order to maintain the synergy of that community. Everyone who partakes in a community benefits from the community just as the community benefits from each individual. A diverse community is needed to flourish, that is if everyone was a baker the ultimate goal could not be achieved.

Achieving the chief good is the most important element for a community as it strives for the improvement of individual characters in order to achieve eudaimonia. "Now by self-sufficient we do not mean that which is sufficient for a man by himself, for one who lives a solitary life, but also for parents, children, wife, and in general for his friends and fellow citizens."

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