OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Nicomachean Ethics

ISBN : 9780199213610

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¥1,463
Author: 
Aristotle; David Ross; Lesley Brown
Pages
336 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
130 x 196 mm
Pub date
Jun 2009
Series
Oxford World's Classics

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  • This new edition of one of the founding texts of moral philosophy combines David Ross's classic translation, lightly revised by Lesley Brown, with a new and invaluable introduction and notes to aid readers in their understanding of Aristotle's intricate arguments.
  • Widely admired translation, sparingly revised to retain its qualities while paying special attention to key terms, enhancing understanding, eliminating unintentional ambiguity, and incorporating the latest scholarly thinking.
  • Invaluable introduction covers Aristotle's life and writings, the key notions in the Ethics and how they work together in Aristotle's theory; the relevance of the work to modern ethical theory, showing its influences and differences.
  • Explanatory Notes elucidate meaning, allusions, and Aristotle's arguments.
  • Glossary of Key Terms.
  • Index.

New to this Edition:

  • Classic translation by David Ross, completely reset and lightly revised by Lesley Brown, retaining its justly admired qualities while standardizing certain key phrases, removing ambiguity, and correcting the few instances where scholarship has provided a new rendering.
  • New and thorough Introduction.
  • New, up-to-date bibliography.
  • New notes, glossary, and index.

  
'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. 

Index: 

Introduction
Note on the Text and Translation
Select Bibliography
Chronology
Outline of The Nicomachean Ethics

THE NICOMACHEAN ETHICS
Book I        The Human Good
Book II       Moral Virtue
Book III      Moral Virtue (Cont.)
Book IV      Moral Virtue (Cont.)
Book V       Justice
Book VI      Intellectual Virtue 
Book VII    Continence and Invontinence: Pleasure
Book VIII   Friendship
Book IX     Friendship (Cont.)
Book X      Pleasure, Happiness

Explanatory Notes
Glossary of Key Terms
Index

About the author: 

Aristotle
Translated by David Ross and Edited by Lesley Brown, Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Somerville College Oxford
  
Sir David Ross (1877-1971) was Provost of Oriel College and Deputy Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford. He was General Editor of the complete Oxford Translation of Aristotle.
  
Lesley Brown has published articles on ancient philosophy, contributed introductory material to Plato, Selected Myths (OWC, 2004) and introduced Plato's Protagoras and Meno for Penguin Classics.

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 by Lesley Brown of Somerville College, Oxford to this seminal work, and notes designed to elucidate Aristotle's arguments. To listen to Lesley Brown's audio guide to the Nicomachean Ethics, simply click on the links below.

Ethical questions

Aristotle today

The complete audio guide can be downloaded here.  [21:56]

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