Defend Aristotle’s argument that Happiness is a Life of Contemplation
In writing your essay, use the following instructions:
1) Defend Aristotle’s argument from Book X of Nicomachean Ethics that Happiness is a Life of Contemplation and Study.
2) In your introductory paragraph, present a clear thesis statement in which you explicitly say what your position is that you will be defending then defend that position throughout the paper.
3) In the course of your paper, briefly explain the steps or context of the argument you are defending. However, the bulk of your paper should be devoted to analysis rather than summary of the argument.
4) How you go about defending the argument you is up to you. You could do a purely philosophical analysis where you provide commentary on the strengths or weaknesses of the argument. Alternatively, you could apply the argument to events in your life or current events more broadly and explain how it helps add clarity to such situations. You could do a combination of all of the above. Whatever you think does the best job of defending or rebutting the argument you are addressing, that’s what you should do.
6) In a paragraph or more, explain why your thesis withstands this objection.
7) In your conclusion, wrap up and briefly summarize the steps you have taken to argue for your thesis.
For reference: https://www.sparknotes.com/philosophy/ethics/section10/