An Analysis of Aristotlelian Ethics Through the Lens of Soccer

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Frist Theater

My thesis aims to help readers better understand Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics," a work in which he discusses his view that living a happy life means living virtuously. In his arguments, Aristotle uses many analogies to help readers conceptualize how to go about being virtuous. My research helps explain Aristotle's ideas through my own analogy: soccer. The way a good soccer player thinks, the way a soccer player works with teammates and the role of coaching in a soccer player's development are aspects of the sport that can shed light on the challenging task of being virtuous. In my conclusion, I argue that, if utilized the right way, popular culture references can be very useful tools in the comprehension of philosophy.