The Nicomachean Ethics

The Nicomachean Ethics

Book - 2004 | Further rev. ed.
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In The Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle sets out to examine the nature of happiness. He argues that happiness consists in 'activity of the soul in accordance with virtue'-for example, with moral virtues, such as courage, generosity and justice, and intellectual virtues, such as knowledge, wisdom and insight. The Ethics also discusses the nature of practical reasoning, the value and the objects of pleasure, the different forms of friendship and the relationship between individual virtue, society and the State. Aristotle's work has had a profound and lasting influence on all subsequent Western thought about ethical matters.J.A.K. Thomson's translation has been revised by Hugh Tredennick, and is accompanied by a new introduction by Jonathan Barnes. This edition also includes an updated bibliography and a new chronology of Aristotle's life and works.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2004.
Edition: Further rev. ed.
ISBN: 9780140449495
0140449493
Branch Call Number: 171.3 Ari 2004 3583tc 1
171.3 Ari 2004 3583mc 1
171.3 Ari 2004 3583uc 1
171.3 Ari 2004 3583ml 1
Characteristics: lxiii, 329 p.
lxiii, 329 p. --

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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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