The Nicomachean Ethics

The Nicomachean Ethics

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Previously published as Ethics, Aristotle's The Nicomachean Ethics addresses the question of how to live well, and originates the concept of cultivating a virtuous character as the basis of his ethical system. This Penguin Classics edition is translated from the Greek by J.A.K. Thomson with revisions and notes by Hugh Tredennick, and an introduction and bibliography by Jonathan Barnes.'One swallow does not make a summer; neither does one day. Similarly neither can one day, or a brief space of time, make a man blessed and happy'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.Aristotle (384-22 BC) studied at the Academy of Plato for 20 years and then established his own school and research institute, 'The Lyceum'. His writings, which were of extraordinary range, profoundly affected the whole course of ancient and medieval philosophy and are still eagerly studied and debated by philosophers today.If you enjoyed The Nicomachean Ethics, you might like Plato's The Symposium, also available in Penguin more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0140449493
  • 9780140449495
  • 99,531

About Aristotle

Aristotle was born in 384 BC, and studied in Athens under Plato. His writings were of extraordinary range, and many of them have survived. He died in 323 more

Table of contents

The Nicomachean EthicsPreface Chronology Introduction Further Reading A Note on the Text Synopsis The Nicomachean Ethics Book I: The Object of Life Book II: Moral Goodness Book III: Moral Responsibility: Two Virtues Book IV: Other Moral Virtues Book V: Justice Book VI: Intellectual Virtues Book VII: Continence and Incontinence: THe Nature of Pleasure Book VIII: The Kinds of Friendship Book IX: The Grounds of Friendship Book X: Pleasure and the Life of Happiness Appendix 1: Table of Virtues and Vices Appendix 2: Pythagoreanism Appendix 3: The Sophists and Socrates Appendix 4: Plato's Theory of Forms Appendix 5: The Catagories Appendix 6: Substance and Change Appendix 7: Nature and Theology Appendix 8: The Practical Syllogism Appendix 9: Pleasure and Process Appendix 10: Liturgies Appendix 11: Aristotle in the Middle Ages Glossary of Greek Words Index of Names Subject Indexshow more

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