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Aristotle's Ethics - James O. Urmson


Published: 8th January 1991
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Aristotle's ethical writings are among the world's greatest, but are easily misunderstood by the inexperienced. Professor Urmson, after 50 years of study, provides a clear account of the main doctrines in an easily intelligible way and without dwelling on matters of mainly scholarly interest. Aristotle's concern is to examine the ingredients of the life most worth living. In so doing he analyses the nature of excellence of character, intelligence, pleasure and friendship. The fact that Aristotle's work is untouched by the Judaeo-Christian culture which colours modern thought makes it more interesting, though more liable to misconstruction and thus demanding of the help which this book provides.

'This is an excellent book; the best introduction toAristotle's Ethics that I know of. It is beautifullywritten, with very well chosen modern examples illustrating variousaspects of Aristotle's thought. Urmson succeeds in what onesees very rarely nowadays in philosophy; to reach the universitystudent or interested layperson who wants an introduction toAristotelian ethics, to provide food for thought for the Aristotlespecialist, and to present material that will challenge thecontemporary moral philosopher. This book should not only help usunderstand Aristotle better, but should also have salutary impacton contemporary systematic moral philosophy.' - JuliusMoravcsik, Stanford University

'This book will be an excellent introduction toAristotle's Ethics. It is written in a clear andlively style. It brings out the main philosophical issues, anddiscusses them in an interesting and illuminating way. As anintroduction to Aristotle's ideas about ethics it could notbe bettered.' -- John Ackrill, Brasenose College, Oxford




1. The Ideal Life: a Preliminary Discussion.

2. Excellence of Character.

3. Action and its Motives.

4. Responsibility and Choice.

5. Particular Excellences of Character.

6. The Excellences of Intelligence.

7. Strength and Weakness of Will.

8. Pleasure.

9. Social Relationships.

10. Eudaemonia.

Further Reading.


ISBN: 9780631159469
ISBN-10: 0631159460
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 8th January 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 13.46  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1