Review Questions On The NE Book I

1. At what, according to Aristotle, does every inquiry, activity, and pursuit aim? Aristotle classifies arts and practices according to their ends. Give an example that illustrates the sort of hierarchy of practices resulting from this classification.

2. For what reasons does Aristotle think it important that we have knowledge of the “chief good” of all human activity? To which art, in Aristotle’s view, does knowledge of the chief good most properly belong? Why?

3. Having determined to search for the highest good, in Chapter 5 Aristotle takes up a discussion of the common views of happiness (eudaimonia). What are the three common views of happiness he discusses, and why does he reject each as adequate for being the highest good?

4. Chapter 7 is extremely important for Aristotle’s ethics, because in it he sketches what he calls the “complete end” or (highest) good. What is the nature of this highest good, according to Aristotle and how does it connect with humanity’s “proper function”?

5. After showing how his view can be brought into line with ordinary perceptions of happiness in Chapter 8, in Chapter 9 Aristotle considers the question of the source of our happiness. On what answer does he ultimately settle? Why does he reject the other alternatives?

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