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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: October 2020

Question 2, Article 8 - Whether any created good constitutes man’s happiness?

from Question 2 - Where Does Complete Happiness Lie? Failed Candidates


Up to this point in Question 2, we have been considering not only particular goods, such as wealth, honors, glory, power, and pleasure, but also entire categories of goods, such as external goods, goods of the body, and goods of the soul. Since these exhaust all possible created human goods, it would seem that no other candidates for happiness are left. Even though we have not considered each separate human good that is conceivable – for example, we have not considered friendship, beauty, meaningful work, knowledge of the created universe, or the overcoming of challenges – it seems that every human good we might propose falls into one of the three categories.

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