In Books VIII and IX of his masterpiece of moral philosophy, the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle gives perhaps the most famous of all philosophical discussions of friendship. Michael Pakaluk presents the first systematic study in English of these books, showing how important Aristotle's treatment of friendship is to his ethics as a whole. Pakaluk's fresh and scrupulously accurate translation is accompanied by a detailed philosophical commentary which reveals
the remarkably coherent structure of the books and unfolds with lucidity the various arguments contained within Aristotle's terse and compressed text. Pakaluk looks at the logical form of Aristotle's analysis of friendship, at his subtle view of the relationship between friendship and justice, at the role of
reciprocity in friendship, at civic friendship and its relation to the family, and at the development of friendship out of self-love and reflexive consciousness. This volume will be a valuable tool for anyone studying Aristotle's ethics, especially readers with no Greek.
`The present volume, which is the first (and so far, the only) installment in the Clarendon Aristotle Series treatment of the NE, does and admirable job of continuing the fine tradition of the series by offering an impeccable translation of Books VIII and IX and providing some of much needed commentary in English on a neglected aspect of Aristotle's ethical theory. The translation is crisp and fluid, showing the marked attention to textual detail that has become the hallmark of the Series... the commentary displays Pakaluk's deep familiarity with the philosophical issues involved. Pakaluk's commentary is careful and methodical. Pakaluk's analytic approach is unencumbered by the technical aparatus all too common in philosophical analysis of this kind: instead the commentary is as fluent and easy to read as the translation, and should be of use to classicists as well as analytic philosophers.' Scott Carson, BMCR
Preface; Translation; Commentary; Appendices; Bibliography; Glossary; Index.
Series: Clarendon Aristotle Series
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 14th February 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.4
Weight (kg): 0.41