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The Ethics of Aristotle : The Nicomachean Ethics (Penguin Classics)
The Ethics of Aristotle The Nicomachean Ethics - Penguin Classics Author:Aristotle Of Aristotles works, few have had as lasting an influence on subsequent Western thought as The Nicomachean Ethics. In it, he argues that happiness consists in "activity of the soul in accordance with virtue," defining "virtue" as both moral (courage, generosity, and justice) and intellectual (knowledge, wisdom, and insight). Aristot... more »le also discusses the nature of practical reasoning, the different forms of friendship, and the relationship between individual virtue and the state. Featuring a lucid translation, a new introduction, updated suggestions for further reading, and a chronology of Aristotles life and works, this is the authoritative edition of a seminal intellectual masterpiece.« less
Aristotle, probably the greatest teacher who ever lived, surveyed in his "Ethics" the ends to which conduct should be directed. The importance of this work to a modern reader lies in Aristotle's boldness in introducing psychology into his study of human behaviour. He extended the frontiers of philosophy to include universal science, by converting ethics from a theoretical to a practical science, based on a careful observation of life and a genuine understanding of human nature. The "Ethics", the substance of lectures delivered to Aristotle's students is lucidly translated for the Penguin Classics by J. A. K. tTomson.