Nicomachean Ethics

Nicomachean Ethics

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The Nicomachean Ethics is one of Aristotle’s most widely read and influential works. Ideas central to ethics—that happiness is the end of human endeavor, that moral virtue is formed through action and habituation, and that good action requires prudence—found their most powerful proponent in the person medieval scholars simply called “the Philosopher.” Drawing on their intimate knowledge of Aristotle’s thought, Robert C. Bartlett and Susan D. Collins have produced here an English-language translation of the Ethics that is as remarkably faithful to the original as it is graceful in its rendering.

Aristotle is well known for the precision with which he chooses his words, and in this elegant translation his work has found its ideal match. Bartlett and Collins provide copious notes and a glossary providing context and further explanation for students, as well as an introduction and a substantial interpretive essay that sketch central arguments of the work and the seminal place of Aristotle’s Ethics in his political philosophy as a whole.

The Nicomachean Ethics has engaged the serious interest of readers across centuries and civilizations—of peoples ancient, medieval, and modern; pagan, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish—and this new edition will take its place as the standard English-language translation.

Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9780226026749
Characteristics: xxi, 339 p. ; 24 cm.


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RoninDRE Nov 24, 2012

I read this after reading Michael Sandel's Justice, wanting to read the original works. The writing, diction, terminology can be difficult at times-- requiring frequently referring to the translator notes and introduction, but what you get, at least in the first 5 chapters and tenth chapter, is a well-thought work on what is to be a good human being, a theme we don't here about much -- at least unpoliticized. Happiness according to Aristotle is fulfilling your potential as a human being, which requires not only education and contemplation- or just knowing what's right - but action. Likes anything else, for character too practice makes perfect. Read this and decide for yourself if he is right.
I wish I had read this book sooner. If you have the time, I highly recommend this book.


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