Aristotle2 - What is happiness? ARISTOTLE'S FUNCTION...

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What is happiness? ARISTOTLE’S FUNCTION ARGUMENT What do a good doctor , a good architect, a good knife, and a good tennis ball all have in common? Color?, shape?, size?, weight? "Good" is said in many ways (i6) the application of “good” depends upon the kind of thing… (1)For all things that have a function (and characteristic action), the good and ‘well’ depends on that [distinctive] function. (flautist, sculptor, craftsman) Is there a human function? (2) Humans in roles have functions. (carpenter, leatherworker) (3) Parts of humans have functions. (eye, hand, foot) (4) There probably is a human function. [Humans, qua human, probably have a function.] (5) The human good depends on the human function (if there is one).
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What is the human function? How does Aristotle identify it? function must be distinctive : (i.7 §12, cf. i.13 §11-19) nutritive- nutrition&growth (shared with plants) appetitive/perceptive/sensitive- (shared with animals) RATIONAL function (6) The human function is the activity [life of action] of the soul in
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PSY 201 taught by Professor Arthur during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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