Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics

What does it mean that Aristotle’s ethics is “teleological”?


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The teleological component of Aristotle’s ethics is its “goal” or “purpose”-oriented nature. Rather than assessing the value of a given moral action in terms of its own worth, isolated from its context in everyday life, Aristotle’s ethics judges moral actions in terms of their ability to bring about a certain desirable end for both the individual and the society in which that individual finds herself.


Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics, Book I