After giving a description of virtue, Aristotle returns to
happiness and its relationship with virtue.
Happiness is activity expressing virtue.
But which virtue?
The highest virtue.
So, the best life, if the life of study (the life of an intellectual,
in which reason is exercised the most).
Some features of the life of study:
It is the best (since reason is the highest element in us).
It is the most continuous (we can study longer than do any manual
It is pleasant
It is most self-sufficient (since it requires very few things in addition)
It aims at no end beyond itself
It involves leisure
It is a god-like life that involves the most divine element in us Conclusion:
the life of study is the happiest.
The second happiest life: