Aristotle: The Nicomachean Ethics   -     By: Aristotle
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Aristotle: The Nicomachean Ethics

Penguin Classics / 2004 / Paperback

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In The Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle sets out to examine the nature of happiness. He argues that happiness consists in the soul acting in accordance with virtue, which encompasses moral (courage, generosity, justice) and intellectual (knowledge, wisdom, insight) virtues. 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 thought has profoundly influenced Western philosophy and ethics, as careful study of this volume is sure to demonstrate.

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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.31 X 2.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0140449493
ISBN-13: 9780140449495
UPC: 051488011002
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Of Aristotle’s works, few have had as lasting an influence on subsequent Western thought as The Nicomachean Ethics. In it, he argues that happiness consists in “activity of the soul in accordance with virtue,” defining “virtue” as both moral (courage, generosity, and justice) and intellectual (knowledge, wisdom, and insight). Aristotle also discusses the nature of practical reasoning, the different forms of friendship, and the relationship between individual virtue and the state. Featuring a lucid translation, a new introduction, updated suggestions for further reading, and a chronology of Aristotle’s life and works, this is the authoritative edition of a seminal intellectual masterpiece.

Author Bio

Aristotle (384–322 b.c.) studied under Plato at the Academy and later established his school, the Lyceum, which attracted a large number of scholars.

Jonathan Barnes is professor of ancient philosophy at the University of Geneva. He translated and edited the Penguin Classics edition of Early Greek Philosophy.

J. A. K. Thomson was professor emeritus of classics at King’s College, London, until his death in 1959.

Hugh Tredennick was professor of classics at Royal Holloway College and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at London University.

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