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Ethics

Aristotle

Summary and Analysis Book X: Chapter VII - The Contemplative Life Is the Highest Happiness

Summary

The greatest happiness is activity in conformity with the highest virtue, (i.e., with that which is the virtue of the best part of man). Intelligence is man's highest possession and the objects of intelligence are the highest objects within his grasp, thus it is clear that the life of contemplation and theoretical wisdom must be the greatest of human virtues and the highest form of happiness.