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Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)

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ISBN-13: 978-0521635462
ISBN-10: 0521635462
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'The book, which is available at an affordable price, will no doubt prove useful for the readership of undergraduate and postgraduate students for which it is primarily intended.' Phronesis

'A teacher looking for a single translation of the Nicomachean Ethics to use as a textbook, and a general reader who wishes to rely on a single translation of this work, will do well to choose Crisp.' Utilitas

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Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, based on lectures that he gave in Athens in the fourth century BCE, is one of the most significant works in moral philosophy, and has profoundly influenced the whole course of subsequent philosophical endeavour. Topics covered include the role of luck in human wellbeing, responsibility, courage, justice, friendship and pleasure. This accessible new translation follows the Greek text closely and also provides a non-Greek-reader with something of the flavour of the original. The volume also includes a historical and philosophical introduction and notes on further reading.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
  • Paperback: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521635462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521635462
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'll spare you my thoughts on the Nicomachean Ethics. I'll spare you my thoughts on Aristotle. If you've gotten this far in your search for a copy of the text, then you probably don't need to be told how wonderful Aristotle is. I'll just assume for the sake of my review that you're looking at various translations, perhaps because you don't read Greek and can't do your own. The revised Oxford translation is preferred by many of my colleagues. The Hackett, which was my first edition of the Nicomachean Ethics, seems to be generally regarded as inferior to the ROT. I still have a soft spot for aspects of Irwin's translation, but I don't use it when I'm writing and I don't use it to check my own translations. There are a couple of other newer translations floating around (Broadie and Rowe, Bartlett and Collins) but I have very limited experience with them.

Crisp has done a wonderful job here, I think. The translation is very readable and he only rarely follows the general trend of trying to inject debatably anachronistic philosophy into the text (I was a bit disappointed to see Crisp opt for "supervene" in X, but basically everyone does...so perhaps he can't be faulted). It really seems to me that "follows on" does the same work without the philosophical baggage...but, hey, why not do your own translation, right? Aristotle's arguments, especially in the later books, are often paragraph-long syllogisms and Crisp keeps things focused and as manageable as possible.

I purchased this for a two-person reading group. We were using the ROT as our baseline and I was reading the Crisp as a supplement and for the sake of checking spots that seemed particularly sticky.
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All the work [books] are done in one piece, not bulky, reading it is like a teach your self-simple understandable language for even graduate students. I recommend it for all the students of Aristotle's philosophy.
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Bought this for my ethics class. Instead of paying like $12 for the physical book, I got this for a dollar. Interesting and good for the class. Only complaint is that this translation doesn't have the titles that the physical book does.
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This book was required for the class I'm taking. The price was good, especially compared to college bookstores. However, there was a printing error in my copy, so I can't give it a higher rating. Pages 55-86 are flipped, so reading it straight through requires a lot of effort. It also really complicates class discussions for me, which require a lot of flipping through the text while still paying attention to what is going on.
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There is a reason he is still read thousands of years later.
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It's a classic.
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