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Aristotle, Jonathan Barnes, and Anthony Kenny

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691158464

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691158464.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Aristotle's Ethics
Author(s):
Jonathan Barnes, Anthony Kenny
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691158464.003.0001

This book presents the English translations of four texts, written by or attributed to Aristotle, that offer insights into his ethics: Eudemian Ethics, Nicomachean Ethics, Magna Moralia, and Virtues and Vices. Eudemian Ethics, Nicomachean Ethics, and Magna Moralia are treatises of moral philosophy; their status and the relationship among them is complex and controverted. At the beginning of each of his treatises Aristotle reduces the possible answers to the question “What is a good life?” to three: wisdom, virtue, and pleasure. According to Aristotle, all thinkers connect happiness with one or other of three forms of life, the philosophical, the political, and the hedonistic. The book explores Aristotle's claim that happiness is the supreme good with which ethics is concerned and considers the arguments found in all four texts.

Keywords:   ethics, Eudemian Ethics, Nicomachean Ethics, Magna Moralia, Virtues and Vices, Aristotle, wisdom, virtues, pleasure, happiness

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