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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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  • Jarrod
  • MANCHESTER, NH, US
  • 10-07-17

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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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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painful to listen to

I would not advise listening to content this dry. I know I will retain little. Michael Prichard's delivery was spot on, like a lecture. But... ouch. This one hurt.

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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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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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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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Compehensible Reading

O bougut the samw book affet not Başbuğ abla to understand the first narrator. Performance of W.D.Ross worth the extra cost.

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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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