My aim in this paper is to examine the basis of the dominant scholarly understanding of Aristotle's conception of human eudaimonia. I call this interpretation intellectualist, because it attributes to Aristotle the view that human flourishing consists exclusively in pure intellectual activity of the best and highest kind. I show that the intellectualist thesis, with its grounds, is inadequate. I also show that in the Eudemian Ethics the rejection of this kind of intellectualism is explicit, adopting instead a much more inclusive view of what it is for a man to flourish. I provide an alternative reading of EN X.7-8, making it much less rampantly intellectualist than perhaps usually thought.
Cooper, John, "Intellectualism and Practical Reasoning in Aristotle's Moral Philosophy" (1969). The Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy Newsletter. 25.