Nicomachean Ethics

Author: Aristotle

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198752717

Category: Philosophy

Page: 468

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Amongst the works of Aristotle, the Nicomachean Ethics stands virtually alone in speaking not only to classicists, historians of ideas, and technical philosophers, but to anyone trying to make sense of practical human ideals. In this major new presentation, Aristotle's most engaging work has been freshly translated by Christopher Rowe into perspicuous English. Sarah Broadie's accompanying commentary brings out the subtlety of Aristotle's thought as it develops line by line. (Such close exegesis is indispensable foranyone who seeks a more than superficial understanding of Artistotle's text.) Additionally, a substantial introductory section by Sarah Broadie sets out the main themes and interpretative problems in preambles to each of Aristotle's ten Books. This scholarly and instructive treatment of Aristotle's great work of moral philosophy assumes no knowledge of Greek and will be invaluable to students reading Aristotle's text for the first time. Its emphasis on understanding the import of the text at every point will make this an equallyindispensable resource for advanced students and scholars.

The Nicomachean Ethics

Author: Aristotle

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191570193

Category: Philosophy

Page: 336

View: 9792

'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 as members 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, which also 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 and lightly revises David Ross's justly admired translation. It also includes a valuable introduction to this seminal work, and notes designed to elucidate Aristotle's arguments. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

Author: Saint Thomas Aquinas

Publisher: St. Augustine's Press


Category: Philosophy

Page: 686

View: 1691

The fine editions of the Aristotelian Commentary Series make available long out-of-print commentaries of St. Thomas on Aristotle. Each volume has the full text of Aristotle with Bekker numbers, followed by the commentary of St. Thomas, cross-referenced using an easily accessible mode of referring to Aristotle in the Commentary.Each volume is beautifully printed and bound using the finest materials. All copies are printed on acid-free paper and Smyth sewn. They will last.

Aristotle and the Virtues

Author: Howard J. Curzer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199693722

Category: Philosophy

Page: 451

View: 2150

Howard J. Curzer presents a fresh new reading of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, which brings each of the virtues alive. He argues that justice and friendship are symbiotic in Aristotle's view; reveals how virtue ethics is not only about being good, but about becoming good; and describes Aristotle's ultimate quest to determine happiness.

Levels of Argument

A Comparative Study of Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

Author: Dominic Scott

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199249644

Category: Philosophy

Page: 235

View: 9412

In Levels of Argument, Dominic Scott compares the Republic and Nicomachean Ethics from a methodological perspective. In the first half he argues that the Republic distinguishes between two levels of argument in the defence of justice, the 'longer' and 'shorter' routes. The longer is the ideal and aims at maximum precision; the shorter route is the one that Socrates actually follows in the Republic, and is less precise,employing hypotheses, analogies and empirical observation. In the second half of the book, Scott turns to the Nicomachean Ethics, and argues that, even though Aristotle rejects a universal Form of the Good, he implicitly recognises the existenceof longer and shorter routes, analogous to those distinguished in the Republic. But Aristotle steers his audience away from the longer route, being a distraction from the essentially practical goals of political science. Scott concludes that Platonic and Aristotelian methodologies distinguish analogously similar levels of argument, and it is the shorter route that both philosophers actually follow--Plato because he thinks it will have to suffice, Aristotle because he thinks that thereis no need to go beyond it.

Practices of Reason

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

Author: C. D. C. Reeve

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198235658

Category: Philosophy

Page: 229

View: 9086

This exploration of the "Nicomachean Ethics" will interest anyone who has wrestled with that work and been left with unanswered questions about its central arguments, concepts and presuppositions.

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Book VII

Symposium Aristotelicum

Author: Carlo Natali

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191565385

Category: Philosophy

Page: 306

View: 5882

A distinguished international team of scholars under the editorship of Carlo Natali have collaborated to produce a systematic, chapter-by-chapter study of one of the most influential texts in the history of moral philosophy. The seventh book of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics discusses weakness of will in its first ten chapters, then turns in the last four chapters to pleasure and its relation to the supreme human good.

Aristotle's Ethics

Moral Development and Human Nature

Author: Hope May

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441103368

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

View: 2351

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics is devoted to the topic of human happiness. Yet, although Aristotle's conception of happiness is central to his whole philosophical project, there is much controversy surrounding it. Hope May offers a new interpretation of Aristotle's account of happiness - one which incorporates Aristotle's views about the biological development of human beings. May argues that the relationship amongst the moral virtues, the intellectual virtues, and happiness, is best understood through the lens of developmentalism. On this view, happiness emerges from the cultivation of a number of virtues that are developmentally related. May goes on to show how contemporary scholarship in psychology, ethical theory and legal philosophy signals a return to Aristotelian ethics. Specifically, May shows how a theory of motivation known as Self-Determination Theory and recent research on goal attainment have deep affinities to Aristotle's ethical theory. May argues that this recent work can ground a contemporary virtue theory that acknowledges the centrality of autonomy in a way that captures the fundamental tenets of Aristotle's ethics.

Consequentialism and Its Critics

Author: Samuel Scheffler

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0198750730

Category: Philosophy

Page: 294

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The aim of this series is to bring together important recent writings in major areas of philosophical inquiry, selected from a variety of sources, mostly periodicals, which may not be conveniently available to the university student or the general reader. The editor of each volume contributes an introductory essay on the items appended as a guide to further reading.

Virtue Ethics, Old and New

Author: Stephen Mark Gardiner

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801489686

Category: Philosophy

Page: 222

View: 9411

"There are grounds for saying that contemporary work in virtue ethics is, if not quite in its theoretical infancy, at least not far out of diapers. And this suggests that we should be gentle and nurturing, allowing it time to flourish before coming to any definitive verdict on its merits. . . . However, it is hard to deny that modern-day virtue ethics is part of a long, sophisticated and fairly continuous tradition. Not only does the approach have origins almost as ancient as philosophy itself, but its history also includes extensive work by such philosophical luminaries as (at least) Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Aquinas, and (perhaps) Hume and Nietzsche. And this suggests that we should already be in a good position to assess its appeal."—from the IntroductionIn Virtue Ethics, Old and New, ten philosophers seek to enrich the contemporary understanding and development of virtue ethics through a detailed examination of some key contributions from its past. Their essays demonstrate the continuing relevance of the history of moral philosophy to contemporary debates.

The Eudemian Ethics on the Voluntary, Friendship, and Luck

The Sixth S.V. Keeling Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy

Author: Fiona Leigh

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004225366

Category: Philosophy

Page: 197

View: 7665

The papers in this collection on Aristotle’s Eudemian Ethics by Charles, Rowe, McCabe, Whiting, and Buddensiek, offer new readings of Aristotle on the voluntary, friendship, and good fortune in the EE, by treating the EE on its own terms.

Taking Life Seriously

A Study of the Argument of the Nicomachean Ethics

Author: Francis Sparshott

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802071798

Category: Philosophy

Page: 461

View: 5591

This is a wonderful book, intended as a companion and guide to a reading of the Ethics . Sparshott's intention is to display the continuity of thought in the text, rather than the traditional approach of examining and criticizing individual sections. The chapters are entitled What is Best for People (I i-xii; 1094a1-1102a4), Reason in Action (I xiii-VI; 1102a5-1145a11); The Pathology of Practical Reason (VII; 1145a15-1154b34); Love, Consciousness, and Society (VIII-IX; 1155a1-1172a15); The Worth of Pleasure (X i-v; 1172a19-1176a29); and The Good Life and the Best Life: Outline of a Discourse (X vi-viii; 1176a30-1179a32), and there is an interesting appendix on the world of Aristotle's theoretical construction. All Greek is transliterated and a glossary provided for these terms. The author's love of his topic is obvious throughout this book, which is written with clarity and cogency. It deserves to be read by everyone seeking to understand Aristotle's Ethics .

Aristotle's Dialogue with Socrates

On the "Nicomachean Ethics"

Author: Ronna Burger

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226080544

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 7245

What is the good life for a human being? Aristotle’s exploration of this question in the Nicomachean Ethics has established it as a founding work of Western philosophy, though its teachings have long puzzled readers and provoked spirited discussion. Adopting a radically new point of view, Ronna Burger deciphers some of the most perplexing conundrums of this influential treatise by approaching it as Aristotle’s dialogue with the Platonic Socrates. Tracing the argument of the Ethics as it emerges through that approach, Burger’s careful reading shows how Aristotle represents ethical virtue from the perspective of those devoted to it while standing back to examine its assumptions and implications. “This is the best book I have read on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. It is so well crafted that reading it is like reading the Ethics itself, in that it provides an education in ethical matters that does justice to all sides of the issues.”—Mary P. Nichols, Baylor University

Ancient Philosophy

A Contemporary Introduction

Author: Christopher Shields

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136627588

Category: Philosophy

Page: 264

View: 4524

In this re-titled and substantially revised update of his Classical Philosophy (2003), Christopher Shields expands his coverage to include the Hellenistic era, and now offers an introduction to more than 1,000 years of ancient philosophy. From Thales and other Pre-Socratics through Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and on to Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Scepticism, Ancient Philosophy traces the important connections between these periods and individuals without losing sight of the novelties and dynamics unique to each. The coverage of Plato and Aristotle also has been expanded. It now includes, for example, updated coverage of Plato's allegories of the cave and the divided line and the metaphor of the sun as well as features of Plato's epistemology. Shields also adds new discussion on Aristotle's theory of virtue and his approach to the Socratic problem of akrasia, or weakness of will. In terms of its structure, Ancient Philosophy is presented so that each philosophical position receives: (1) a brief introduction, (2) a sympathetic review of its principal motivations and primary supporting arguments, and (3) a short assessment, inviting readers to evaluate its plausibility. The result is a book that brings the ancient arguments to life, making the introduction truly contemporary. It will serve as both a first stop and a well visited resource for any student of the subject. Ancient Philosophy offers a vivid picture of the ideas that flourished at philosophy's long birth and considers their relevance, both to the historical development of the Western philosophical tradition, and to philosophy today.

Virtue, Happiness, Knowledge

Themes from the Work of Gail Fine and Terence Irwin

Author: David O. Brink,Susan Sauvé Meyer,Christopher Shields

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192549375

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

View: 3681

Fifteen leading philosophers explore a set of themes from the pioneering work of Gail Fine and Terence Irwin, in ancient philosophy but also in later periods and in systematic philosophy. The contributors discuss knowledge, rhetoric, freedom and practical reason, virtue and the good life, ethics and politics in Plato and Aristotle and beyond. The editors offer an introduction charting the scholarly contributions of Fine and Irwin and assessing their individual and joint impact, together with a complete bibliography of their writings.

The Greeks on Pleasure

Author: Justin Cyril Bertrand Gosling,Christopher Charles Whiston Taylor

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198246668

Category: Philosophy

Page: 497

View: 5527

a wealth of detailed and resourceful argument that helps us to a deeper understanding of the major philosophical issues" - Terence Irwin, Times Literary Supplement"

Cultivating Virtue

Perspectives from Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology

Author: Nancy E. Snow

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199967423

Category: Philosophy

Page: 349

View: 1123

Despite the rising interest in virtue, little attention has been paid to the question of how virtue is developed. This volume addresses this gap in the literature. Each contribution focuses on some aspect of virtue acquisition, either by examining the science that explains virtue development, by highlighting virtue cultivation within distinctive traditions of thought, or by taking developmental perspectives that yield fresh insights into criticisms of virtue ethics.