Philosophy Midterm Paper

Philosophy Midterm Paper - Aquinas Happiness does not...

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Aquinas Happiness does not consist in wealth: 2 kinds of wealth: 1. Natural wealth=relieves man’s natural needs (food, drink, clothing, travel, shelter) a. Sought for the sake of something else=human survival b. Thus, cannot be man’s ultimate end, but is ordered to man as an end c. Made for man according to order of nature 2. Artificial wealth=not an aid to nature; devised to facilitate exchange and as a measure of commerce (money) a. Sought only for the sake of natural wealth b. Less nature of an ultimate end Many foolish men think only of good which can be acquired with money, not of the true goods (spiritual goods/virtues) which cannot be acquired with money Man cannot buy wisdom Desire for natural wealth is not infinite because needs are satisfied; but desire for artificial wealth is infinite Infinite desire for wealth/or any temporal good (for as soon as something is possessed, it is despised and other things are desired: aka we always want something more, the next best thing) vs. infinite desire for the ultimate good (the more perfectly the ultimate good is possessed, the
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