Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie vol:25 issue:1-3 pages:126-137
The Unmoved Mover causes the movement of the heavenly bodies and indirectly all movement on earth by being the object of the love of the spheres. Besides God and the spheres the only other being in the universe with intellect is man. The question is raised in this article whether the intellect of man, like that of the spheres, is also moved by the goodness of God to a love of God. In a number of passages in the ethical works Aristotle speaks of a love of man for God or the gods. Furthermore, the perfect contemplation of man has God as its object both in NE and EE. This activity, like the homoiosis theo of Plato, is an imitation of God's contemplation. The fact that animals multiply out of desire for the eternity of God, Aristotle's statement about the desire of matter for form, and the extent of teleology in his thought, show a way of thinking that makes likely a love of man for God. It might appear that the Unmoved Mover is final cause of the perfect life and happiness of man and that Aristotle's ideal is the contemplation and love of God.