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  IAH 206 Self, Society, and Technology Spring 2008 Ferkany/Meagher NAME: Alex Paris DUE: January, 25th, 2008 In his Nicomachean Ethics , Aristotle asserts that the intellectual or “contemplative” life is superior to the “active” life because it is self-sufficient, virtuous, and resembles most closely the will of the Gods. While Aristotle may be correct in thinking that intellect uncovers and nourishes virtue, it is not the only means to such an end. Aristotle also has no evidence in believing that the Gods are rational beings who we should look to as models for our own behavior. Most importantly, Aristotle’s fundamental argument that ideas and theories are more important than tangible and concrete actions is flawed because the two modes of life are inextricably linked and thus equally important. While Aristotle correctly identifies the importance of cognitive abilities in human beings, I believe he overemphasizes the role that contemplation plays while neglecting the equally essential role action has in human life. While some religions may believe that the “activity of God…must be
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