Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics

In Book 1.7, Aristotle argues that we can discover the “human good” (our distinctive happiness) if we can determine the characteristic natural function of human beings. How does he determine our function? Which options does he rule out, and why

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In Nicomachean Ethics 1.7, Aristotle claims that to discover the human good we must identify the function of a human being. He argues that the human function is rational activity. Our good is therefore rational activity performed well, which Aristotle takes to mean in accordance with virtue.

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