Aristotle’s Purpose of Life

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Aristotle’s Purpose of Life

In Book One of Aristotle’s Ethics, he considers perhaps the most vexing question that humanity confronts: What is the purpose of life? Aristotle argues that everything has a purpose or goal, and that the purpose is always to attain some good. The “Chief Good” for humanity is that purpose for which all human action is performed. Aristotle believes that the Chief Good for humans is Eudaimonia (often translated as ‘happiness’). However, Aristotle’s ‘Eudaimonia’ is not the feeling or experience most modern people associate with the word happiness. This post will describe how Aristotle concluded that the purpose of human life is to attain happiness, and also the definition of Aristotle’s Eudaimonia.

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  • albert  On January 23, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    What is the purpose of life? Stephen Hawkins state it differently: if we find the answer to why it is we and the universe exist, it would be the ultimate triumph of man in that he would know the mind of God.

    One generation comes, grows, flourishes, find happiness or suffering, then becomes old and die after starting a new generation to go through the same process. This sequence is repeated over and over for thousands of years. What’s the point of it?

    I think each man has to find his own purpose in life. In a pragmatic way find the things he/she find joy in doing, the things he has a passion for, and go about doing them.

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