Why Aristotle Recognizes That Actions Are Not Pointless

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Aristotle recognizes that actions are not pointless because they have an aim. Every action aims at some good. Furthermore, some things are done for their own sake and some for the sake of others. Aristotle then observes that when an object has a function the good of the object is when it performs its function well. For example, the knife has a function, to cut, and it performs its function well when it cuts well. This argument is applied to man. Man has a function and the good man, is the man who performs his function well. This is the life of eudaimonia. Eudaimonia is the life of achieving virtues through activity in conjunction with reason, man's highest function. Therefore, when linked to moral decision making the person making the
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