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By Aristotle; Joe Sachs

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Concentration Philosophical Library's version of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics is a lucid and worthwhile translation of 1 of Aristotle's significant works for the scholar of undergraduate philosophy, in addition to for the overall reader drawn to the most important works of western civilization. This version contains notes and a word list, meaning to give you the reader with a few experience of the phrases and the options as they have been understood through Aristotle’s instant viewers.

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In Book III, chapter 8, Aristotle refuses to call courageous anyone who acts bravely for the sake of honor, out of shame, from experience that the danger is not as great as it seems, out of spiritedness or anger or the desire for revenge, or from optimism or ignorance. Genuinely courageous action is in no obvious way pleasant, and is not chosen for that reason, but there is according to Aristotle a truer pleasure inherent in it. It doesn’t need pleasure dangled in front of it as an extra added attraction.

Habituation does not stifle nature, but rather lets nature make its appearance. The description from Book VII of the Physics of the way children begin to learn applies equally well to the way human character begins to be formed: we settle down, out of the turmoil of childishness, into what we are by nature. We can now see how it is that habituation does not complete the progress toward virtue, but only begins it. Aristotle describes a motion from habit to being-at-work to the hexis or active state that can give the soul moral stature.

There is little or no jargon to worry about in such translations, but there are shades of meaning that connect with the whole of Aristotle’s thinking, that have large consequences for understanding him. For example, in Book I of the Ethics, Aristotle asks what happiness would be, and that question goes around in circles until he asks what the ergon of a human being is (1097b 24-25). In most translations, where this word is rendered as “function,” the reader and Aristotle have already begun to go separate ways, and a slight divergence of direction, over a long journey, may produce a great distance between them.

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