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rationality and the difference between humans and animals

According to Aristotle's theory, is rationality the only inherent difference between humans and other animals?

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According to Aristotle's theory, is rationality the only inherent difference between humans and other animals?

Firs of all, you have to understand that for Aristotle, everything has an end and all actions tend towards an end. An end is the good for which such an act or something exists. There are, however, instrumental and intrinsic ends. Whereas instrumental ends are actions that are performed for other ends, literally as instruments to an end, intrinsic acts are performed for their own sake. All instruments we use, and all our professions, have instrumental ends. When instruments fulfill their functions, then they are good. The laptop is good if it performs the job laptops are expected to perform. A teacher is good if he performs the functions of a teacher, same for a ...

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This post addresses the question: Did Aristotle think that the only inherent difference between humans and other animals is rationality? From understanding the link between rationality and morality in Aristotle, we're able to show that what differentiates humans is not just rationality.

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