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Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: An Introduction (Cambridge Introductions to Key Philosophical Texts)

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ISBN-13: 978-0521817424
ISBN-10: 0521817420
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Book Description

This is an engaging and accessible introduction to Aristotle's great masterpiece of moral philosophy. Michael Pakaluk gives original and compelling interpretations of the Function Argument, the Doctrine of the Mean, courage and other character virtues, Akrasia, and the two treatments of pleasure. There is also a useful section on how to read an Aristotelian text. This book will be invaluable for all student readers encountering one of the most important and influential works of Western philosophy.

About the Author

Michael Pakaluk is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Clark University, Massachusetts. He has published extensively in the history of philosophy, including Plato, Aquinas, Hume, and Reid, as well as in political philosophy.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Introductions to Key Philosophical Texts
  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521817420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521817424
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,887,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Katie Smith-Gomes on August 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is the first intro to Aristotle I have read which really seems like an intro --- and is really clear. Pakaluk takes it seriously --- and the introduction in the book is worth the price of the book alone. This is a great way to get a course on the Ethics that you never got in college. Pakaluk is one of the world's experts on the topic and reading the book you understand why. Get a good translation of the Ethics, sit down with this introduction, and it will get you through the Ethics as if you were in college again. Except it will make sense this time.
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By Feedback on January 15, 2015
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Outstanding. It is nice to finally see someone publishing a sound introduction like this. It has added a great deal to my understanding of Nichomachian Ethics. Reading it is like having your own private tutor. Pakaluk achieves his stated goals admirably.
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