Topic– Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;
7) “The good for man is an activity of the soul in accordance with virtue, or if there are more kinds of virtue than one, in accordance with the best and most perfect kind.” Comment.(250 words)
Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to express our knowledge and understanding of the goodness of the virtues for a man and its relation to his happiness and success.
Structure of the answer
Introduction- write a few introductory lines about the meaning of a virtue (according to the Aristotle/ virtue ethics).
Discuss further about the relationship of being virtuous with happiness and a good living. E.g the good for man is an activity.” The word activity translates from the Greek energeia, which signifies not only physical activity but also mental activity as seemingly inactive as contemplation or daydreaming. The point is that the good life is not an end state that we achieve but rather a way of life that we live; virtues are dispositions to behave in the correct way. They are not themselves activities, but they ensure that our activities will be of the right kind. To live “in accordance with virtue,” then, is to live in such a way that our activities flow naturally from a virtuous disposition etc.
conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.