According to Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics, what is the "chief good"—at which all human activity and desire is directed?

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For Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics, happiness is the ultimate good because it's the only good that can be sought for itself and not as a means to some other end. In other words, if someone asks us why we want to be happy, we don't need to give reasons—we might even inquire as to why someone would ask us such a strange question.

Happiness, by its very nature, is something that each and every one of us wants to have. Not even intelligence or virtue are so universally desired as an "end," rather than a "means". We seek intelligence or virtue because they make us happy,...

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