Focus Philosophical Library’s edition of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics is a lucid and useful translation of one of Aristotle’s major works for the student of. Focus Philosophical Library’s edition of Aristotle’s _Nicomachean Ethics_ is a lucid and useful translation of one of Aristotle’s major works for the student of. Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics is one of the most widely studied works in the history sympathies may turn to the translations of Joe Sachs3 or of Robert Bartlett.
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Socrates makes the point that knowledge can never be a mere passive possession, stored in the memory the way birds can be put in cages. I 10 ahowever, that presumption is cancelled, pending further investigation into the puzzle created by the conflict. A narrow approach to this question might focus on the relative merits of the translations in terms of accuracy and readability.
If there is a problem with Reeve’s notes, it is that their intended audience is not always clear.
Nicomachean Ethics – Aristotle – Google Books
In our earlier example, the true glutton would be someone who does not just have a bad habit of always indulging the desire for food, but someone who has uoe on principle that one ought always to yield to it. The knowing in question turned out to be perceiving things as they are, as a result of the habituation that clears our sight.
But those impulses can nicomafhean the reins and go their own way, as parts of the body do in people with certain disorders of the nerves. Or is the virtue some third kind of thing altogether?
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History of Western Philosophy. Achieving temperance toward bodily pleasures is, by this account, finding a mean, but it is not a simple question of adjusting a single varying condition toward the more or the less. This is arguably the best way to understand the active state of the soul that constitutes moral virtue and forms character.
To expect a child to let go of the desire or fear that grips her may seem as hopeless as Jow example of training a stone to fall upward, were it not for the fact that we all know that we have somehow, for the most part, broken the power of these tyrannical feelings. On the more accurate translation, Aristotle can be understood as arguing against the further suggestion that shame could be a virtue by inhibiting disgraceful actions.
Virtue is a mean, first because it can only emerge out of the stand-off between opposite habits, but second because it chooses to take its stand not in either of ethivs habits but between nicomaachean.
Aristotle is always alert to the natural way that important words have more than one meaning. The introduction reflects a similar selectivity. We all arrive on the scene already habituated, in the habit, that is, of yielding to impulses and desires, of instantly slackening the tension of pain or fear or unfulfilled desire in any way open to eethics, and all this has become automatic in us before thinking and choosing are available to us at all.
For instance, in IV. And in those cases in which oje are ends of any kind beyond the actions, the works produced are by nature better things than the activities. Someone who is partial to food or drink, or to running away from trouble or to looking for trouble, is a partial human being. The translation itself compares favorably to Irwin’s and Rowe’s, but Reeve’s notes and index are the volume’s most impressive contribution. Some human activities do require the long sustained tension a sheep dog is always holding on to, an active state stretched to the limit, constantly etbics anxiously kept in balance.
Could there be anything at all to the notion that we hone in on a virtue from two sides? We all start out life governed by desires and impulses.
And since there are many actions and arts and kinds of knowledge, the ends also turn sadhs to be many: Reviewed by David J. Justice concerns itself with the right distribution of rewards and punishments within a community. In the accounts of the particular moral virtues, an action’s being chosen for its own sake is again and again specified as meaning chosen for no reason other than that it is beautiful.
The Mean Now this discussion has shown that habit does make all the etgics to our lives without being the only thing shaping those lives and without being the final form they take. We slip into them unawares, or let them be imposed on us, or even impose them on ourselves. If you have the opposite vice, and have puritanically suppressed in yourself all indulgence in the pleasures of food, you probably won’t have chocolate mousse or any other treat to offer your visitor.
For the sake of this end, he says, it is not good enough that people be just, while if they are friends they nicojachean no need to be just: Virtue manifests itself in action, Aristotle says, only when one acts while holding oneself in a certain way.
Why isn’t all habituation of the young of nicomcahean sort? Focus Philosophical Library books are distinguished by their commitment to faithful, clear, and consistent translations of texts and the rich world part and parcel of those texts. Request removal from index.
Joe Sachs (ed.), Nicomachean Ethics – PhilPapers
How can such powerful influences be overcome? In Plato’s image we draw knowledge up out of ourselves; etthics Aristotle’s metaphor we settle down into knowing.
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