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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: World Library Classics (September 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557427704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557427700
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Petrov on July 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
One major choice about all books from antiquity is which translation to use (unless, of course, you can read them in original, in which case you don't need my advice). Aristotle's Ethics is available in many translations, but arguably that by W. D. Ross is the best. This translation has been recommended by two separate philosophy professors independently. W. D. Ross is an important philosopher in his own right. His book "The Right and the Good" is the definitive source for Ethical Intuitionism, which was the dominant moral theory in British philosophy for much of the nineteenth and early twentieth century and now enjoys considerable revival. Aristotle's Ethics is a direct precursor of Utilitarianism, of which Ross's Intuitionism is a mature form. W. D. Ross has translated not only the Nicomachean Ethics, but many other books by Aristotle. Thus, in his translation, you can rest assured that the translator knows the whole body of Aristotle's work and is an expert in the field of ethics.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ilsenstein on November 19, 2013
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This edition does not have the Bekker numbers, which are a kind of index of the lines of the text. If another publication or a lecturer refers to a line of Aristotle's text by its Bekker number, you will be at a disadvantage if you are using this edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristopher R Oneil on January 31, 2012
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While reading several journal articles that quote Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics, I thought that it was time for me to own a copy. I prefer digital for this (as it relates to school) so I can annotate and search for the quotes I read in journal articles. The problem with this edition is that it uses "non-standard" translations for key terms--I say "non-standard" in that none of the quotes in the articles I'm reading are searchable in this edition. However, at this price (.95 cents!) it is still worth it to own to read. I will have to decide if I need another version of this same book that uses a more common translation in modern academia.
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