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Aristotle starts out in his philosophy with a contention that all being seek to reach one ultimate unified goal This is supported by his premise that all actions are designed to reach some end And in this he came to the conclusion that life itself comes to some purpose He acknowledges that all actions are not for some other purpose as he states that otherwise they would continue ad infinitum He therefore concludes that all things are to some ultimate unified end He there fore states that the purpose of his essay is to determine what that ultimate end is He states that the goal of such an effort is the ultimate elevation of the state through the elevation of its citizens He then follows with the contention that although the goal cannot be perfectly attained he must continue the search for knowledge simply because ethics require him to He then argues that every knowledge and moral purpose aspires to some good but ask what that good is He contends that all beings seek happiness He also holds the belief that people define happiness in many different ways He then proceeds to state that he will examine the most popular as an exhaustive analysis would be impossible to complete with in the confines of any time period Aristotle then continues with where a definition of happiness can be derived HE states several differing opinions starting with the common perspective of it being a life of enjoyment He then says that there are three main life styles the Sensual as pursued by a Persian king by the name of Ashurbanipal of Assyria He then states that the goal of the political peoples identify happiness with honor He then argues that this is invalid because it is more about those that pay it rather than to whom it is paid And thusly is invalid as a lifestyle Aristotle then proceeds to discuss the original question
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