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Named for Aristotle’s son, Nicomachus, who was the first to edit this work, The Nicomachean Ethics plays a prominent role in defining Aristotelian ethics. In the ten books of this work, Aristotle explains the good life for man: the life of happiness.

For Aristotle, happiness exists when the soul is in accordance with virtue. Virtue exists in a deliberate choice of actions that take a middle course between excess and deficiency; this is the famous doctrine of the “golden mean.” Courage, for example, is the mean between cowardice and rashness. Justice is the mean between a man’s getting more or less than his due. The supreme happiness, according to Aristotle, is to be found in a life of philosophical contemplation or, at least, in a virtuous life of political activity and public munificence.

A student of Plato and a teacher of Alexander the Great, Aristotle is one of the towering figures in Western thought.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Very useful as a cornerstone for our discussion of ethics and the Western moral tradition.”

    Dominic A. Aquila, Rochester Institute of Technology

  • “An essential classic in the field of ethics.”

    Claudia Card, University of Wisconsin

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ideen Solhtalab | 2/12/2014

    " There's a reason why this book has been raved about for thousands of years. Pretty much what I live my life by. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wolf | 2/9/2014

    " This translation of the Ethics was recommended to me by my professor. I used it in an independent study with said professor. Out side of academica, the Nicomachean Ethics have great relevance to daily life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jesus | 2/5/2014

    " The book comes across all levels of Ethics that includes Politics. What's interesting is that Aristotle said, "People of good up-bringing and experience in life, and to work from there to a higher understanding." Very profound. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Adam Birt | 2/1/2014

    " A book I think every human being needs to read. A book our secondary students should be required to read, at least once. Whatever happened to ethics education? I'm not talking about indoctrination. Just training them to keep the question of "What's the right thing to do?" in mind at all times. "

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