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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"Important, If Dry"
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.
Aristotle's Politics (partially because I have to read it for class)
Monotonous, Steady, Suitable
Goodness, no. It would never work as a movie.
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.
"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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