The Nicomachean Ethics
by Aristotle, Hugh Tredennick, J.A.K. Thomson, Jonathan Barnes
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Previously published as Ethics, Aristotle, Nicomach Ethics, addresses the question of how to live well, and comes from the notion of a virtuous character culture as the basis of its ethical systemThis Penguin Classics edition is translated from Greek by J-AKThomson with revisions and notes by Hugh Tredennick, and an introduction and bibliography by Jonathan Barnes”A swallow doesn’t make spring; nor a dayLikewise, neither can a day, or a brief space of time, a blessed and happy man”, In Nicomachus Ethics, Aristotle focuses on examining the nature of happinessHe maintains that happiness consists in the activity of the soul in conformity with virtue”, for example with moral virtues, such as courage, generosity and justice, and intellectual virtues, such as knowledge, wisdom and insightEthics also deals with the nature of practical reasoning, the value and objects of pleasure, the different forms of friendship, and the relationship between the individual of virtue, society and the state.Aristotle had a profound influence on all the following Western thought on ethical issuesAristotle (384-22 BC) studied at Plato’s Academy for 20 years, then established his own school and research institute’Lycée’His writings, which were of an extraordinary range, deeply affected the whole course of ancient and medieval philosophy and are still impatiently studied and debated by philosophers todayIf you liked Nicomachine Ethics, you could, like Plato The Colloquium, also available in Penguin Classics
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