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The Eudemian Ethics

The Eudemian Ethics

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By (author) Aristotle, Translated by Sir Anthony Kenny

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 20mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 14 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199586438
  • ISBN 13: 9780199586431
  • Sales rank: 141,329

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'We are looking for the things that enable us to live a noble and happy life...and what prospects decent people will have of acquiring any of them.' The Eudemian Ethics is a major treatise on moral philosophy whose central concern is what makes life worth living. Aristotle considers the role of happiness, and what happiness consists of, and he analyses various factors that contribute to it: human agency, the relation between action and virtue, and the concept of virtue itself. Moral and intellectual virtues are classified and considered, and finally the roles of friendship and pleasure. It deals with the same issues as the better-known Nicomachean Ethics, with which it holds three books in common, and its special qualities, as well as the similarities and differences between the two works, are of fundamental concern to anyone interested in Aristotle's philosophy. This is the first time the Eudemian Ethics has been published in its entirety in any modern language. Anthony Kenny's fine translation is accompanied by a lucid introduction and explanatory notes, which assist the reader in understanding this important work. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Sir Anthony Kenny is one of Britain's most distinguished academics and philosophers. He has been Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Master of Balliol College, and President of the British Academy. He is particularly well known for his work on Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, and Wittgenstein. He has also published acclaimed books on the philosophy of mind and action and the philosophy of religion. His books include The Aristotelian Ethics (OUP, 978), Aristotle's Theory of the Will (Duckworth, 1979), and Aristotle on the Perfect Life (OUP, 1992). His most recent publication is A New History of Western Philosophy (OUP, 2010).

Table of contents

Introduction ; Note on the Text and Translation ; Select Bibliography ; Chronology ; Outline of The Eudemian Ethics ; THE EUDEMIAN ETHICS ; Book I: Happiness the Chief Good ; Book II: Virtue, Freedom, and Responsibility ; Book III: The Moral Virtues ; Book IV: Justice ; Book V: Intellectual Virtue ; Book VI: Continence and Incontinence: Pleasure ; Book VII: Friendship ; Book VIII: Virtue, Knowledge, Nobility, and Happiness ; Explanatory Notes ; Glossary of Key Terms ; Index