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Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, said to be dedicated to Aristotle's son, Nicomachus, is widely regarded as one of the most important works in the history of Western philosophy. Addressing the question of how men should best live, Aristotle's treatise is not a mere philosophical meditation on the subject, but a practical examination that aims to provide a guide for living out its recommendations. The result is a deep inquiry into the nature and means of attaining happiness, which Aristotle defines as consisting not merely of pleasure or an emotional state, but of a virtuous and morally led life. This edition is the translation by W. D. Ross.

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ATTN: students

There should only be 10 books. This one has 13. All the content is here though. It's just confusing.

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As a student...

This audio book saved me! It is read aloud well with an enjoyable tone and speed. I specifically needed this for the first two books of this text, and in this case contrary to another review the first and second books were synchronized with the first and second chapters. I'm very thankful for this audio book!

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Amazing!

It is truly amazing to discover the length and breadth of knowledge expressed here by Aristotle! It comes as no surprise then, that he would be one of the foremost sources of the philosophical underpinnings of western civilization.

Michael Pritchard did a great job at reading the text of this audiobook.

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Excellent!

A grammatic, historic and philosophic oasis and home coming.

So, audible makes you submit a minimum number of words for a review...

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Dull. But Ross' translate version.

First, it's cheaper than other version. Narration is little bit dull. But it's Ross' version. In sum, I satisfied quite well.

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The translation of ideas

It's interesting to see how little has changed since antiquity in human thought - or maybe how far we've deviated before returning.

I don't need to praise the original. Whoever is considering reading this has heard Aristotle's genius praised enough.

So instead, I'll talk about the translation a little. There's a particular section in chapter 3, where Aristotle talks about choice. He describes how we can arrive at the point of choosing through deliberation. This word in particular is interesting.

Its root is liberty. Deliberation is the act for reducing our freedoms. We consider our possibilities, and try to figure out what doesn't get us where we want to go, and explore if our hands are forced in some manner, when we deliberate. Then we choose from what remains. I've never thought of this word like this before. Aristotle uses bouleuomai, which roots from "advice" instead of "liberty", so neither could he.

It's worth paying attention to how modern words influence the picture the author tries to paint - I think Ross did a magnificent job with how he uses them, his word choices are worthy of praise on their own!

Also great narration, just throwing it out there.

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Important, If Dry

What did you like best about Nicomachean Ethics? What did you like least?

I occasionally enjoyed Aristotle's winding progression of ideas. However, many of his arguments seemed to rest on shaky foundations, such as "it's what people generally think, so it must be true." His presentation of his arguments was also very dry.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Aristotle's Politics (partially because I have to read it for class)

What three words best describe Michael Prichard’s voice?

Monotonous, Steady, Suitable

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Goodness, no. It would never work as a movie.

Any additional comments?

I enjoy Plato as a Greek political philosopher much more. The Republic is infinitely more entertaining and intriguing. Aristotle is important too, though - especially his discussion of virtue as moderation.

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Much needed ancient wisdom for our times

Accumulated historical wisdom written from the point of view of seeking the maximum good for the people, while resisting tyranny and injustice. This would be a difficult listen for a first foray into the topic of ethics.

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Great work

This is a very good book and it is a wonderful source of information on the underlying ethics of our entire wester civilization.

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Great introduction to Philosopy

This book is truly great, a must read. It explains a lot of the philosophical reasoning that has permeated the west’s thinking.

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  • Amin Amouhadi
  • 12-23-12

Good for teachers

To be honest, this book is not a kind of book that someone can read it to you. I took Nichomacean Ethics as one of my PhilText courses and I bought the audiobook as well as the book itself. But Aristotle's arguments are sophisticated enough that are difficult to understand even after spending some quality time on them. So the audio version is probably good for those who have already mastered the arguments in the book and are trying to have it in their mind for teaching purposes or some such.

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  • Alice Leong
  • 12-15-20

A great translation; a lacklustre performance

Prichard made it a chore to listen to though the content and translation were stellar.