Essay heading: Plato and Aristotle on Happiness and the Good

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There seems to be no direct linkage between doing the acts and being happy for the sole purpose of those actions. On the contrary, being happy seems to be the result of being praised, which is the result of doing good deeds. So we don’t necessarily do good deeds for the sake of the good, but we do good because we are told that is what we ought to do and that we will be praised for it...
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Plato also mirrors this idea in the Republic. A conversation between Socrates and Thrasymachus states: “Now we agreed that justice is a soul’s virtue, and injustice its vice? We did Then it follows that a just soul and a just man will live well, and an unjust one badly And surely anyone who lives well is blessed and happy, and anyone who doesn’t Is the opposite...
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