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Aristotle's ethics: the journey towards happiness
by Edith Hall
About this EXP
Edith Hall, Professor of Classics at King’s College London, discusses Aristotle and why his ideas are still relevant.
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Key point 1
Aristotle founded ethics, a philosophical inquiry to guide people on how to live and interact with others, but with no divine element.
Key point 2
He believed that humans are animals with the capacity to reason, plan and deliberate, which therefore gives us a moral imperative to protect the Earth and its inhabitants.
Key point 3
Aristotle encouraged continually re-examining individually and commonly held beliefs in order to improve, and believed doing what we love would lead us to achieve our telos.
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