Contemplation and Action


In Book X of the Ethics, Aristotle identifies contemplation as the highest human activity. The Ethics concludes by pointing to the need for good laws, or good government, to encourage and protect this activity of the soul.


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Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.