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"cattle" would Aristotle sometimes of base (317),thatis, asa way of life whosegoalis the satisfaction animalistic, "choos[e]" our desires.But Aristotle at othertimestells us that we needwealth in orderto exercise moral that "[t]he practiceof generosity virtues. He evenasserts '\,vealthis to be sought"(405)because consists the usemadeof monef' (449). Yet it is still true that Aristotle believesthat in order in for'lnan" to live a fulfilled life, he cannotbusy himself with the pursuitof money;for in orderto what is bestin him, that is, his intellectualvirtues,not his live a fulfilled life he must exercise moral ones. that threedifferent "sides" (415): the Aristotle essentially axgues manpossesses animalistic,the human,andthe divine. Our goal (telos), accord;ngtoAristotle, "[a]s far asis possible,[. . .] [is to] becomeimmortal anddo everythingtowardliving by the bestthat is in us" in ofthe gods;andit is (416). Our aim is to "achieve" eudamania, is, tc be blessed the eyes that our blessed whenwe exercise intellectualvirtues,for thereforenot surprisingthat we become t!" qrd yor^ sur-r- he r<*l'lt/ wanlf aboutour moral virtues, us *o^ qoo be they constitutethe divine in us. We shouldnot, therefore, concemed --

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What we must do is mimic the gods and occupy ourselvesas they do, that is, we must strive to a leisured life spent exercising our intellectual virtues in contemplation. Such a life that "things that have the activity of it doesnot aim at happiness; "achieves"it in the sense is contemplationhave happiness, . .] [for contemplation,like eudamania,] valuablein itself' [. (418). We must aim for a life, therefore,which rs oppositeto both the moneyedand the political of with the practical necessities life, life, for both are "fuIl of work" (415), both arepreoccupied and both are onesin which intellectualvirtues remain largely "[a]sleep or [. . .] inactive" (317).


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