Essay heading: Man becomes who he is

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Aristotle states this in Book I section seven in the Grogan 2 middle just after the first mention of "the proper function of man" when he starts to explain rational element, "Since the expression ?life of the rational element' also can be used in two senses, we must make it clear that we mean a life determined by the activity, as opposed to the mere possession, of the rational element...
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For the activity, it seems, has a greater claim to be the function of man" (I, 7, 1098a 5-10). Here we see that the "proper function of man" is not just man having the ability to reason but using reason that the soul obeys. What then is the action that comes from the soul obeying the rational element? This is evident in a man who has high standards...
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