Nicomachean Ethics 1st Edition

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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (January 11, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0023895306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0023895302
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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170 of 196 people found the following review helpful By Paper Doll on July 25, 2001
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It is more than a little amusing to see reviewers stumbling over their tongues to comment on Aristotle. Volumes--no, entire libraries--have been dedicated to Aristotelian commentary. I doubt any prospective Amazon buyer cares what Joe Smith from Anytown, USA thinks of Aristotle. What would be helpful is an assessment of the particular translations.
Hands down, Martin Ostwald's is, in my opinion, the best available. Well-annotated, with no interpretive essay to clutter the text, Ostwald immerses himself in the Athenian moral vocabulary, to our great benefit. Especially worthwhile is the glossary of oft-used, untranslatable ethical terms at the end of the book. Here, Ostwald clearly shows that the Greeks could convey in scant semantic space what it takes us an entire paragraph to even approximately explain.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By 'German Boy' on December 22, 2007
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The glossary alone is worth the price of the book. It goes into the meaning and evoked connotations of the Greek technical terms (and, mirabile dictu, gives the spellings in GREEK SCRIPT as well). 'Words,' for the Greeks, were 'charged' with meanings, not just hollow sounds. One can sense the 'Germanic' academic rigor coursing through Ostwald's scholarship.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Smith VINE VOICE on April 17, 2009
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Wow! I'm reviewing Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics! First, I read this first at college 25 years ago. Re-reading it provided me an amazing a-ha!!! So much more made sense to me! It's one of those texts that is worth re-reading a couple of times in one's life, for as we mature, we are privy to new insights offered by this great person. First, this translation contained at least a half dozen translation errors. What I found to be errors off the cuff makes me wonder what other errors might have been made in the translation and editing process. The errors that I found were minor and would not have altered my decision to purchase this masterpiece. Second, while brilliant and while he discusses the values and virtues and deficits and aspirations and social processes, this piece does not focus upon the applied ethics that I most enjoy. I give this a solid "A" and highly recommend it for anyone who wishes to study human nature and ethical conflicts. Overall, the translation is probably easier to read than an older translation, most likely because of the difference between today's and yesterday's more eloquent English. Again, outstanding reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By An Avid Reader on September 25, 2005
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Although Aristotle wrote many books on ethics, this is the major one and is considered his greatest work on the subject. Aristotle believed that happiness is the end of life and that as long as a person is striving for goodness, good deeds will result from that struggle, making the person virtuous and therefore happy. This book should be on the shelf of all serious students of philosophy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pathfinder on July 10, 2015
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Having read various summaries of Thomas Aquinas epic Summa Theologica (and a few sections of the very book) I was keen on tracing back to the inspiration of Thomas Aquinas masterpiece - Aristotle and his Nicomachean Ethics.

For being 2350 years old, the wisdom contained in the book is timeless and is as relevant today as it was when it was written 350 BC as it relates to human character and behaviour. Aristotle did not hesitate to treat fundamental questions such as the meaning of life, where he infers that the meaning of life must be the pursuit of happiness. Evidentally he concludes that virtuous behaviour contributes to happiness and accordingly virtuous behaviour is critical to a meaningful life, which is well in line with Thomas Aquinas and subsequent Christian thinkers.

Among key topics in the book are Aristotle's treatise of virtues as a balance between two extremes, where he distinguishes between moral and intellectual virtues.

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics offers useful tools for the analysis of proper conduct and serves as a guideline and a stable moral platform in a high pace modern world where people all too often strive for futile objectives, driven by greed and fear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill on August 22, 2013
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A fantastic price for a monumental work. Any lover of philosophy or of cheap books will want to make this purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Strauss on March 8, 2015
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Excellent. This may very well be the best college level reference book ever written. The 2400 year old "verbage" may require a little patience, but will be well worth the effort.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on October 24, 2010
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This is a very good book, it was delivered in a prompt manor as advertised, but I could not use it for my philosophy class. This edition does not come with the Bekker numbers that are required to keep up with the class discussions, and to complete the assignments. If you need a copy of Nicomachean Ethics to read, this is great, but for acedemic work this is not the edition for you, because of the exclusion of the Bekker numbers. My professor recommends this edition for class: Nicomachean Ethics: Aristotle you won't find a better edition than the Martin Ostwald translation of Aristotle's work!
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