The Nicomachean Ethics

The Nicomachean Ethics

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Happiness, then, is the best, noblest, and most pleasant thing in the world.'In the Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle's guiding question is: what is the best thing for a human being? His answer is happiness, but he means, not something we feel, but rather a specially good kind of life. Happiness is made up of activities in which we use the best human capacities, both ones that contribute to our flourishing asmembers of a community, and ones that allow us to engage in god-like contemplation. Contemporary ethical writings on the role and importance of the moral virtues such as courage and justice have drawn inspiration from this work, whichalso contains important discussions on responsibility for actions, on the nature of practical reasoning, and on friendship and its role in the best life. This new edition retains David Ross's justly admired translation while updating certain key terms. It also includes a valuable introduction to this seminal work, and notes designed to elucidate Aristotle's arguments.
Publisher: Oxford, Eng. : Oxford University Press, c2009
ISBN: 9780199213610
Branch Call Number: 171.3 ARI
Characteristics: xliii, 277 p. ; 20 cm


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RoninDRE Nov 24, 2012

I read this after reading Michael Sandel's Justice, wanting to read the original works. The writing, diction, terminology can be difficult at times-- requiring frequently referring to the translator notes and introduction, but what you get, at least in the first 5 chapters and tenth chapter, is a well-thought work on what is to be a good human being, a theme we don't here about much -- at least unpoliticized. Happiness according to Aristotle is fulfilling your potential as a human being, which requires not only education and contemplation- or just knowing what's right - but action. Likes anything else, for character too practice makes perfect. Read this and decide for yourself if he is right.
I wish I had read this book sooner. If you have the time, I highly recommend this book.

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