A student of Plato and a teacher of Alexander the Great, Aristotle
is one of the towering figures in Western thought. A brilliant
thinker with wide-ranging interests, he wrote important works in
physics, biology, poetry, politics, morality, metaphysics, and
ethics. In the Nicomachean Ethics, which he is said to have
dedicated to his son Nicomachus, Aristotle's guiding question is
what is the best thing for a human being? His answer is happiness.
"Happiness," he wrote, "is the best, noblest, and most pleasant
thing in the world." But he means not something we feel, not an
emotion, but rather an especially good kind of life . Happiness is
made up of activities in which we use the best human capacities,
both ones that contribute to our flourishing as members of a
community, and ones that allow us to engage in god-like
contemplation. Contemporary ethical writings on the role and
importance of the moral virtues such as courage and justice have
drawn inspiration from this work, which also contains important
discussions on responsibility, practical reasoning, and on the role
of friendship in creating the best life. This new edition combines
David Ross's classic translation, lightly revised by Lesley Brown,
with a new and invaluable introduction and explanatory notes. A
glossary of key terms and comprehensive index, as well as a fully
updated bibliography, add further value to this exceptional new
edition. Features * This new edition of one of the founding texts
of moral philosophy combines David Ross's classic translation,
lightly revised by Lesley Brown, with a new and invaluable
introduction and notes to aid readers in their understanding of
Aristotle's intricate arguments. * Widely admired translation,
sparingly revised to retain its qualities while paying special
attention to key terms, enhancing understanding, eliminating
unintentional ambiguity, and incorporating the latest scholarly
thinking. * Invaluable introduction covers Aristotl
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