Ompare 2 very different visions of human happiness see details in instructions below
Compare 2 very different visions of human happiness. The first is in Aristotles Parts of Animals in a passage where Aristotle argues that the study of animals, even the Humblerones, is a noble and enlightening activity. The happiness which Aristotle says can be gained by such study is not, he thinks, all there is to the human good-an account of the totatility of human happiness is contained in the Ethicsbut is a part of happiness acccording to Aristotle. It is in fact a distinctively Aristotelian kind of happiness which would not be found in the writings of St. Augustine. Speaking of Augustine, his account of the highest earthly happiness is in a passage from the Confessions in which he describes an experience which he & his mother had while looking out a window at a garden. Augustine tells us in theh City of God that the highest earthly happiness for humans is the hope which we may have for the true happiness of the next life (for the Saved), of which Happiness we can have little or no comprehension in this life, for the briefest moment, can experience the presence of God ini a way which affords a glimpse of the timeless blessedness which awaits the Saved in the next life. This is for Augustine truly the highest earthly happiness in spite of its momentaray duration.
I would like you in this paper to compare these visions of the human good and to say which, if either, comes closer to your own conception of happiness. Describe Aristotles account in Parts of Animals in your own words, with selective quotation from the text, and then tell me what you find inspiring or uninspiring about it, & why. Then do the same for Augustines account in Confessions. Then tell me which one of these you find to be the most plausible statement of humanly attainable happiness.
In this comparison of Aristotle and Augustine you do not have to Pick oneas your favorite. You may do this, or you may pick both, or neither. The important thing is to say something intelligent about these 2 very different ideas of what we can and should hope for in our earthly existence, or any other existence which we may have.