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The Nicomachean Ethics  : Penguin Classics - Aristotle

The Nicomachean Ethics

Penguin Classics

By: Aristotle

Paperback Published: 27th October 2003
ISBN: 9780140449495
Number Of Pages: 400
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

About The Author

Aristotle was born at Stageira, in the dominion of the kings of Macedonia, in 384 BC. For twenty years he studied at Athens in the Academy of Plato, on whose death in 347 he left, and, some time later, became tutor of the young Alexander the Great. When Alexander succeeded to the throne of Macedonia in 335, Aristotle returned to Athens and established his school and research institute, the Lyceum, to which his great erudition attracted a large number of scholars.

After Alexander's death in 323, anti-Macedonian feeling drove Aristotle out of Athens, and he fled to Chalcis in Euboea, where he died in 322. His writings, which were of extraordinary range, profoundly affected the whole course of ancient and medieval philosophy, and they are still eagerly studied and debated by philosophers today. Very many of them have survived and among the most famous are the Ethics and the Politics.

Further reading
A note on the text
The object of lifep. 3
Moral goodnessp. 31
Moral responsibility : two virtuesp. 50
Other moral virtuesp. 82
Justicep. 112
Intellectual virtuesp. 144
Continence and incontinence : the nature of pleasurep. 167
The kinds of friendshipp. 200
The grounds of friendshipp. 228
Pleasure and the life of happinessp. 254
Table of virtues and vicesp. 285
Pythagoreanismp. 287
The sophists and Socratesp. 289
Plato's theory of formsp. 292
The categoriesp. 295
Substance and changep. 296
Nature and theologyp. 300
The practical syllogismp. 302
Pleasure and processp. 303
Liturgiesp. 305
Aristotle in the middle agesp. 306
Glossary of Greek wordsp. 310
Index of namesp. 313
Subject indexp. 316
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ISBN: 9780140449495
ISBN-10: 0140449493
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 27th October 2003
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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