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Happiness is the Greatest Good In Aristotles essay he focuses particularly on how reason our rational capacity should help us recognize and pursue what will lead to happiness and the good lifeCooley and Powell 459 He refers to the soul as a part of the human body and what its role is in pursuing true happiness and reaching a desirable end Aristotle defines good as that which everything aimsAristotle 459 Humans have an insatiable need to achieve goodness and eventual happiness Sometimes the end that people aim for is the activity they perform and other times the end is something we attempt to achieve by means of that activity Aristotle claims that there must be some end since everything cannot be means to something elseAristotle 460 In this case there would be nothing we would try to ultimately achieve and everything would be pointless An ultimate end exists so that what we aim to achieve is attainable Some people believe that the highest end is material and obvious when a person is sick they seek health and a poor person searches for wealth Most people think that the highest end is a life of pleasure Hedonists have defined happiness as an equivalent to the totality of pleasurable or agreeable feelingFox 3 Some pleasures are good and contribute to happiness Not all ends are ultimate ends but the highest end would have to be something ultimate the only conceivable ultimate end is happiness Happiness is perhaps the only clear ultimate end Happiness is what we strive for by itself and not to get anything else So it appears that happiness is the ultimate end and completely sufficient by itself It is the end we seek in all we doAristotle 461 Mans good is related to his purpose the purpose of a man involves the actions of his soul the soul being a part of his reasoning By carrying out the activities of his soul
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