The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle

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THE NICOMACHEAN ETHICS OF ARISTOTLE.

BOOK I. .
THE END

1 . EVERY art and every kind of inquiry, and like­ wise every act and purpose, seems to aim at some good: and so it has been well said that the good is that at which everything aims.

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In all he does man seeks some good as end or means.

But a difference is observable among these aims or ends. What is aimed at is sometimes the exercise of a faculty, sometimes a certain result beyond that exercise. And where there is an end beyond the act, there the result is better than the exercise of the faculty.

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Now since there are many kinds of actions and many arts and sciences, it follows that there are many ends also; e.g. health is the end of medicine, ships of shipbuilding, victory of the art of war, and wealth of economy.

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But when several of these are subordinated to

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