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Nicomachean Ethics

The Assignment

Assignment for the Final Paper

In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle concludes that eudemonia, or human flourishing (translated as “happiness” in our text) is the highest good. Describe Aristotle’s conception of eudemonia (“happiness”). Next, describe Aristotle’s conceptions of the human function, the rational part of the soul, habituation, character, and virtue. Explain the role each of these conceptions plays in the achievement of eudemonia according to Aristotle. Support your descriptions and explanations by citing the text.


Your paper should be approximately 1500-1800 words in length (approximately 5-6 pages, double-spaced, using 12- point font). Please use double-spaced line spacing, and 12-point Times New Roman font (if possible). Make sure to put your name, the course number, and the assignment (i.e. “Final Paper”) at the top of your paper. Your paper should consist of an introduction, body, and conclusion. In your introduction, please indicate the central theme of your paper in a thesis statement, and briefly describe how the rest of your paper will proceed. Your introduction shouldn’t be longer than a paragraph or two. In the body of your paper, please make sure to stay on topic and follow the assignment. Your conclusion should wrap the paper up by either stating your general conclusion, or briefly restating your main points. Throughout your paper, please write clearly and straightforwardly, and stay on topic. Finally, please note that the purpose of this paper is not to argue for one viewpoint or another, but to get clear on what Aristotle’s view is. This should be a primarily descriptive, rather than primarily argumentative, paper. Finally, please make sure to work closely with the text, citing it to support your claims about Aristotle’s views.


When citing our text, please indicate the page number you’re citing from. You may either use parenthetical citations in your text, or cite using footnotes. You may use any formal citation style you prefer (Chicago style, Turabian style, MLA, APA, etc.) as long as you are consistent and use the same style throughout your paper. If you are unfamiliar with how to cite our text, the following website should be helpful:

For this assignment, please do not cite other sources in addition to our text. The point of this assignment is for you to work closely with Nicomachean Ethics

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