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Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics"

The
Nicomachean Ethics is Aristotle's major treatise on ethics. It addresses man's good, which is happiness, and the virtues necessary to achieve it. Among these are rationality, temperance, friendship, and contemplation. In many respects the book is a response to Plato. who grounded his theory of the Good in its relationship to abstract Forms; Aristotle, a materialist, was more interested in the Good as it was manifested by human behavior. Any edition of the work is acceptable, although if you don't have one, Brendan--our resident classicist--recommends the
Penguin edition, available at amazon.com for $8.40. For those who would like to use a free public domain copy, click
here and scroll down to the end of the page. The following resources are useful for background information, commentary, and bibliographies: Wikipedia articles:
"Aristotle",
"Nicomachean Ethics", and
"Aristotelian Ethics" Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
"Aristotle" and
"Aristotle's Ethics" Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
"Aristotle" and
"Aristotle: Ethics" Ian Johnston,
"Lecture on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics" EpistemeLinks:
"Aristotle"

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