Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics

What is the “wish” that is relevant to moral action?


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Aristotle invokes the concept of “wish” to express that by which we come to desire a given end or good. Since different people wish for different goods, Aristotle is faced with the problem of deciphering which good is true. Although he postpones a fuller discussion on this problem, the answer in Chapter 4, Book III is that wishes of the “good man” are true goods. Thus, goods are understood via the character of the good person.