A particular passage from the recent reading that interested me and caught my attention was when Aristotle discusses the topic of “the good” and happiness.

The passage begins with Aristotle describing how every craft and investigation, as well as every action and decision, seem to all lead to some sort of good.  Aristotle describes this good as being something that everything aims at.  This leads as a transition into his topic of “the good” being happiness as well and how people see this happiness.  Aristotle states as well how each action leads to something different, but in the end the results are all in a similar subordinate thus relating them back to the common goal of achieving “the good.”  Aristotle continues his claim by stating the different views and common beliefs that many people have towards what happiness truly is.  Aristotle says that many people see happiness in terms of the common beliefs of virtue, pleasure, and honor.  Using these Aristotle is able to distinguish people into different classes based on their beliefs.

This passage caught my attention as it was interesting to read the detailed explanations Aristotle provided regarding what “the good” was and how people thought happiness was achieved through their different beliefs.