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Nicomachean Ethics
Nicomachean Ethics
Nicomachean Ethics
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Nicomachean Ethics

Written by Aristotle

Narrated by Michael Prichard

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Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, said to be dedicated to Aristotle's son Nicomachus, is widely regarded as one of the most important works in the history of Western philosophy. Addressing the question of how men should best live, Aristotle's treatise is not a mere philosophical meditation on the subject, but a practical examination that aims to provide a guide for living out its recommendations. The result is a deep inquiry into the nature and means of attaining happiness, which Aristotle defines as consisting not merely of pleasure or an emotional state, but of a virtuous and morally led life. This edition is the translation by W. D. Ross.
LanguageEnglish
PublisherTantor Audio
Release dateMar 31, 2011
ISBN9781452671635
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Aristotle

Aristotle was a philosopher and polymath during the Classical period in ancient Greece. He was the founder of the Lyceum and the Peripatetic school of philosophy and Aristotelian tradition. Along with his teacher Plato, he has been called the “Father of Western Philosophy.”

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    Eh, at least its not Plato. I read this as context/ground for Aristotle's more socially-oriented works.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Comprehensive and well reasoned. Except in those few spots where it strains to use the "golden mean" approach to virtue ethics or suffers from outdated views, this important work has largely stood the test of time.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    One of the most accessible works of Aristotle or ancient philosophy in general, but also one of the most practical, because its subject is ethics, or how to live one's life.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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    The vagueries of textual survival have left us with few specimens of Aristotle's prose at its finest. It's equally possible that Aristotle was not as exquisite a writer as his teacher Plato. In either case, this is one of the more cohesive of Aristotle's works, and even so it's somewhat repetitive and tedious. But Aristotle's ethical system is more humane: I'd rather live in his world than in Plato's Republic.

    In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle writes about friendship, happiness, and virtue in terms that have had a seminal influence on all subsequent ethical discourse in European philosophy. It creates a parallel system to Biblical ethics in shaping Western ideals of the good. So, a dull but vitally important work.

    This particular translation is readable and well-annotated.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    The metaphors and language of this were difficult and if I hadn't been assigned this, I probably would not have slogged through it, but I'm glad I did. After parsing through and re-reading this, it's really quite brilliant, and simple. Of course I can't blame Aristotle too harshly, this is a transcription of student lecture notes, and then probably several translations later, it's what we read in English class, so the message does get through, it just takes a labyrinthine path to get there.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    A good translation. Aristotle is a surprisingly more brutal slog than I thought, given how those who pat down his depths into more accessible writing made it sound. Next up, I'll be reading the essay by this translator, reading a book by an Aristotle fan, then maybe another book about Aristotle, then diving into an older translation.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Plato and Aristotle between them not only laid the foundations for Western philosophy, m