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Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics

Famously, in the 1982 cult-classic Conan the Barbarian (featuring then bodybuilder turned actor Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first starring role), Conan is asked: 'What is best in life?' His response: 'To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.'
His response, of course, is greeted with raucous cheering since he's in the presence of nomadic warriors, and for them military might is a great virtue within this community.
Consider Conan's answer in relation Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics. Some might say that Conan exemplifies Aristotle's ethical position, prescribes that flourishing or excellence of character. Others my say that Aristotle's position might be used to show that Conan has bad character.

(A) Explain what Aristotle would say about Conan's statement of barbarian ethics. Does Conan exemplify excellence within his culture? Why or why not?

(B) Provide an argument to support your answer in #1.

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Famously, in the 1982 cult-classic Conan the Barbarian (featuring then bodybuilder turned actor Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first starring role), Conan is asked: "What is best in life?"
His response: "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."
His response, of course, is greeted with raucous cheering since he's in the presence of nomadic warriors, and for them, military might is a great virtue within this community.

Consider Conan's answer in relation Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics. Some might say that Conan exemplifies Aristotle's ethical position, prescribes that flourishing or excellence of character. Others my say that Aristotle's position might be used to show that Conan has bad character.

(A) Explain what Aristotle would say about Conan's statement of barbarian ethics. Does Conan exemplify excellence within his culture? Why or why not?

Aristotle would not even ...

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The solution provides insight, information and advise in tackling the problem (see above) in relation to reviewing a movie line from 1982's Conan the Barbarian, relating it to Aristotelian ethics.

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