The Final Good for Man
Aristotle, in describing the nature of his inquiry, tries to persuade his hearers to accept at the outset the doctrine that there is one supreme end of action, a final good for man. He seems to suggest that, when this central doctrine has been grasped, there will be a clear programme for what remains to be done. Meanwhile, the discussion here reflects on the ambiguity of the term, a good way of starting the study of his ethical theory. The chapter suggests that there are two different ways of measuring human excellence. By one measure, the man who makes good use of splendid opportunities is at the summit of achievement. By another measure, he may be no better, or less good, than the man who tries nobly to make the best of what will unavoidably be a bad job.
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