Aristotle proposes that this most final end

Aristotle proposes that this most final end - Aristotle...

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Aristotle proposes that this most final end, the good life for humans, is to be explicated in terms of the function of humans. In general, we evaluate a thing as a good thing of its kind if it performs the function of that kind well. A good hammer is one that drives nails well. A good apple tree is one that produces lots of fruit. Accordingly, the good life for a human is taken to be the life of functioning well as person. The function of humans is part of the essential nature of every individual human and it is unique to humans in that the function of humans is what differentiates them from other kinds of things. Aristotle considers and eliminates a couple of possible accounts of the function of a person. These include the functions associated with the three components of the human soul. Aristotle employs the ancient Greek tri-partite conception of the soul. Here we should think of the soul not as some non-material substance, but as a map of human capacities. The soul has a vegetative component, an appetitive component and a calculative component. Corresponding to
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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