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Final Exam Review 2

Final Exam Review 2 - Part II Problems with the ergon...

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Part II – Problems with the ergon argument: Aristotle’s view that one’s function (ergon) should focus on what one is best at (most excellent at …and this for humans is the supreme human good, aka using reason), is limiting. It assumes, like cookie cutters, that we’re all trying to reach the same function and that we’re all best at reason (SHG---each individual uses their own reason in determining their best natural talent and must stick with what they’re good at). Very regimented What if you don’t like doing what you’re naturally best at? Why can’t you determine yourself what you want to do? Choice? Enjoyment? Sense of importance? Also, Aristotle doesn’t distinguish between “good at” “good for” and “morally good” when defining SHG o Eg; robbing banks: good at? Yes. Good for? No. morally good? No. AND SHG is not enough o Need: family, friends, power, shelter, food, beauty, etc.
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