17 Facts About Nicomachean Ethics


Nicomachean Ethics is Aristotle's best-known work on ethics, the science of the good for human life, which is the goal or end at which all our actions aim.

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Nicomachean Ethics is about how individuals should best live, while the study of politics is from the perspective of a law-giver, looking at the good of a whole community.

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Nicomachean Ethics is widely considered one of the most historically important philosophical works and had an important influence on the European Middle Ages, becoming one of the core works of medieval philosophy.

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Many parts of the Nicomachean Ethics are well known in their own right, within different fields.

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Until well into the seventeenth century, the Nicomachean Ethics was still widely regarded as the main authority for the discipline of ethics at Protestant universities, with over fifty Protestant commentaries published on the Nicomachean Ethics before 1682.

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Books V, VI, and VII of the Nicomachean Ethics are identical to Books IV, V, and VI of the Eudemian Ethics.

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Nicomachean Ethics asserts as part of this starting point that virtue for a human must involve reason in thought and speech, as this is an aspect (an, literally meaning a task or work) of human living.

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Aristotelian Nicomachean Ethics is about what makes a virtuous character possible, which is in turn necessary if happiness is to be possible.

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Nicomachean Ethics describes a sequence of necessary steps to achieve this: First, righteous actions, often done under the influence of teachers, allow the development of the right habits.

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Nicomachean Ethics concludes what is known as Chapter 2 of Book 1 by stating that ethics is "in a certain way political".

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Nicomachean Ethics adds that it is only concerned with pains in a lesser and different way.

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Nicomachean Ethics says that "not everybody who claims more than he deserves is vain" and indeed "most small-souled of all would seem to be the man who claims less than he deserves when his deserts are great".

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Nicomachean Ethics argues that this makes it clear that pleasure is good.

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Nicomachean Ethics rejects the argument of Speusippus that pleasure and pain are only different in degree because this would still not make pleasure, bad, nor stop it, or at least some pleasure, even from being the best thing.

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Treatment of friendship in the Nicomachean Ethics is longer than that of any other topic, and comes just before the conclusion of the whole inquiry.

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Nicomachean Ethics argues that people's actions show that this is not really what they believe.

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Finally, Aristotle repeats that the discussion of the Nicomachean Ethics has not reached its aim if it has no effect in practice.

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