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    Syllogisms Aquinas' "Things in Which Man's Happiness Consist

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    Article 1: Whether man's happiness consists in wealth?
    All men share the same ultimate purpose which is to be happy.

    Wealth is the thing that has the greatest hold on man's happiness.

    All things obey money.

    All men are made happy by acquiring wealth

    All happiness is equal to the sum of the good things you have.

    Money is the way to acquire things (stuff/possessions)

    All men experience an insatiable desire to be happy

    All men experience an insatiable desire to be happy

    No covetous man (poor man) will be satisfied by riches.

    Happiness consists in wealth.

    All men experience the good life by hanging on to happiness.

    No men experience the good life by spreading happiness.

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    The specific text used for the class simulation is: http://www.newadvent.org/summa/2002.htm (all 8 articles).
    Parts of a syllogism:
    A: a universal affirmative proposition--All S is P [(x)(Sx -> Px)].
    E: a universal negative proposition--No S is P [(x)(Sx -> -Px)].
    I: a particular affirmative proposition--Some S is P [(x)(Sx & Px)].
    O: a particular negative proposition--Some S is not P [(x)(Sx & -Px)].
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    Article 1: Whether man's happiness consists in wealth?
    All men share the same ultimate purpose which is to be happy.

    Wealth is the thing that has the greatest hold on man's happiness.

    All things obey money.

    All men are made happy by acquiring wealth

    All happiness is equal to the sum of the good things you have.

    Money is the way to acquire things (stuff/possessions)

    All men experience an insatiable desire to be happy

    All men experience an insatiable desire to be happy

    No covetous man (poor man) will be satisfied by riches.

    Happiness consists in wealth.

    All men experience the good life by hanging on to happiness.

    No men experience the good life by spreading happiness.

    All miser are hateful (miserable)

    No man's happiness consists in wealth

    No artificial wealth satisfies man's natural desires (artificial wealth - money)

    No man gains happiness by achieving natural wealth because natural wealth is necessary to sustain life in its most basic form.

    No artificial wealth be an end in itself because it is only sought by man in order to procure more natural wealth.

    All fools only value things that can be bought with money

    All fools believe happiness can be acquired with money

    No good man should use a fool's definition of happiness.

    All good men should use a wise man's definition of happiness

    All things can be bought with money

    No spiritual things can be bought or sold

    No one can buy wisdom with money

    All natural riches are desired in a finite (once we eat we do not feel hungry any more)

    All artificial riches are desired in an infinite way.

    No possession can satisfy man's desire to own more ...

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    This is a discussion about the syllogisms contained in Thomas Aquinas' "Of Those Things in Which Man's Happiness Consists" Over 1550 words of original text along with link to the source text.

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