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There are three main points that Aristotle is trying to make He tells us what he thinks the good is what he thinks happiness is and what virtue is Before we can define these and present the argument of Aristotle we must first explain Aristotles point Aristotle believes that humans obtain their identity and their moral purpose from their participation in the community and their participation with others He believes the purpose of each individuals life is evaluated in relation to the other members of the community Every action and choice is thought to aim at some good The good is that at which all things aim If we choose to do something for the sake of others than it must be the good and the chief good Since the knowledge of the chief good has a great influence on life and Politics ordains what should be learned for a nation or city-state than this end must be the good for man Political science aims at the highest of all goods achievable which is happiness In order to be happy one has to live well and fare well The general run of people believe that happiness is pleasure wealth or honour The vulgar type of people identify the good with pleasure People that are of superior refinement identify happiness with honour which is the end of the political life Excellence is pursued as an end in the political life which is better than honour The good cannot be something universally present because it would have to pertain to more than one thing and it pertains to one1096a28-29 The good changes depending on which action or art it is The good is that for whose sake everything else is done1096b18-19 Good is the end of every action and choice Therefore if there is an end for all we do this will be the good achievable by action and if there are more than
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