Aristotle's Highest Good

What do we actually want from life?

There is a passage (Nicomachean Ethics, Book I) where Aristotle is concerned with finding out what “the good” is. Not any good, but the highest good.

So he looks at the various sciences and arts, and he finds that they all have different meanings of “good.” In medicine, it is good to be healthy. In strategy, the ultimate good is to win. In music, it is to play a piece well.

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