Of Man's Last End
In this matter we shall consider first the last end of human life; and secondly, those things by means of which man may advance towards this end, or stray from the path: for the end is the rule of whatever is ordained to the end. And since the last end of human life is stated to be happiness, we must consider
- the last end in general;
Under the first head there are eight points of inquiry:
- Whether it belongs to man to act for an end?
- Whether this is proper to the rational nature?
- Whether a man's actions are specified by their end?
- Whether there is any last end of human life?
- Whether one man can have several last ends?
- Whether man ordains all to the last end?
- Whether all men have the same last end?
- Whether all other creatures concur with man in that last end?