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Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics Paperback – April 23, 2012
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The best review I have so far read of it is "Code of the Gentleman" by Diana Schaub in The Claremont Review of Books with the response of the authors.
There are so many felicities in their rethinking of how to translate Aristotle into English, and so many useful features such as footnotes (not tiresome endnotes), a glossary, interpretative essay, detailed indices etc., that the reader is brought closer to the text, and therefore to the meaning of the author, and not estranged from it by excessive pandering to the limitations of careless readers who do not like to have to think long and hard to get to the truth about things, especially naturally contentious human things like `morality'.
This translation surpasses those by Sachs, Broadie and Rowe, Irwin, Ostwald, and Ross (the superior literary, but not literal translation) which are still useful to consult especially for their critical apparatus and alternative readings of key terms.
Alas, certain significant words do not have footnotes or glossary entries, such as `inquiry/investigation' which they use to translate methodos - literally "the way after" or "the way towards" or "the way of proceeding" especially to the truth about the things human - philosophy. A detailed analytical outline would have been helpful. And, perhaps the size of the font could have been a bit larger in kindness to older eyes.
This translation is also the superior twin to Carnes Lord's translation of "Aristotle The Politics" from the same stable, The University of Chicago Press.Read more ›
Because we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, I should mention that Aristotle discussed happiness in detail in his NICOMACHEAN ETHICS centuries before the pursuit of happiness was mentioned in the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
In his 1961 inaugural address President John F. Kennedy famously urged Americans not to ask what their country can do for them but what they can do for their country. In this way, he urged the American citizens to be the aristocrats for their country. At one point in their interpretive essay, Bartlett (born 1964) and Collins (born 1960) seems to echo President Kennedy's wording when they say that "justice and friendship are said to exist also to the extent to which each member seeks not or not only his own advantage but also the advantage of the community as a whole" (page 290).
The lengthy interpretive essay (pages 237-302) is accessible and informative. But I do have an admittedly small objection to one paragraph (pages 257-258).Read more ›
Those who have studied ancient Greek know that it is a horrible language to translate into English. Besides its characteristic terseness, so much of its vocabulary contains specific connotations that don't carry over well into analogous English words. Collins and Bartlett are very cognizant of this problem, and have taken steps to remedy it, or make the reader aware of the connotations. This is why you may stumble across odd words or detailed footnotes in the process of reading the Collins and Bartlett translation. If you want to attain a real understanding of Aristotle, and you don't want to spend years of your life learning Ancient Greek to do so, this is the tool you need.
It is tempting to write off Aristotle.Read more ›
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Received this "new" book and found out later it had been written in and some pages were duplicated and some pages were missing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Garth2001
Excellent! Should be required to study in all high schools.Published 6 months ago by David A. Gerdeman
A perfect book, obviously, so the translation's all I'm going to talk about.
I think the 'literalness' of the translation is a bit overstated, though it seems to be the... Read more
Easily the best translation I've seen in years of looking at this material. Strongly endorsed.Published 11 months ago by Peter Stewart
Book is not in good condition at all. The binding is already coming apart. What gives?Published 12 months ago by Luke Ungarino
This book. I cannot say much, Aristotle was genius and i learned alot reading this book. a very good read if you want to learn more about friendship and othersPublished 14 months ago by The Smart Shopper