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Happiness or well-being (eudaimonia) is the highest aim of moral thought and conduct, and the virtues are the requisite skills and dispositions needed to attain it. Explain.

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators

6.  Happiness or well-being (eudaimonia) is the highest aim of moral thought and conduct, and the virtues are the requisite skills and dispositions needed to attain it. Explain. (150 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications.

Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Philosophical Mondays’ in Mission-2023 Secure.

Key Demand of the question: To write the how virtues lead to eudaimonia.

Directive:

Explain – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

In the introduction, given brief of major aspects of virtue ethics.

Body:

Explain the detail the link between having virtues and that leading eudaimonia. Substantiate with the various views of philosophers like Plato, Aristotle etc and with examples. 

Next, mention the ways to achieve eudaimonia with the practise of virtue ethics.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.