Mortimer Adler, The Time of Our Lives (Summary of Aristotle's Ethics)

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We will discuss chapters 1-7 and 15 from Time of Our Lives, a book written by Mortimer Adler summarizing Aristotle's (Nicomachean) Ethics. This selection is very readable. Email me at [masked] for a PDF of all the chapters or available on Amazon.

The actual writings from Aristotle are lecture notes and are a bit cumbersome to read, thus we are reading Adler's summary. Aristotle's view on a good life is a secular approach and differ in important ways from the Stoicism and Epicureanism and from views of Frankl and other reading that we have done.

The theme of the work is a Socratic question previously explored in the works of Plato, Aristotle's friend and teacher, of how men should best live. The Nicomachean Ethics is widely considered one of the most important historical philosophical works, and had an important impact upon the European Middle Ages, becoming one of the core works of medieval philosophy. It therefore indirectly became critical in the development of all modern philosophy as well as European law and theology. Many parts of the Nicomachean Ethics are well known in their own right, within different fields.