Aristotle’s basic teleological framework extends to his ethicaland political theories, which he regards as complementing oneanother. He takes it as given that most people wish to leadgood lives; the question then becomes what the best life for humanbeings consists in. Because he believes that the best life for ahuman being is not a matter of subjective preference, he also believesthat people can (and, sadly, often do) choose to lead sub-optimallives. In order to avoid such unhappy eventualities, Aristotlerecommends reflection on the criteria any successful candidate for thebest life must satisfy. He proceeds to propose one kind of lifeas meeting those criteria uniquely and therefore promotes it as thesuperior form of human life. This is a life lived in accordance withreason.


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