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The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics
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1. Introduction: ethics as practical science Ron Polansky; 2. Beginning with eudaimonia C. D. C. Reeve; 3. Happiness and the external goods T. D. Roche; 4. Why is Aristotle's virtue of character a mean? Taking Aristotle at his word (NE II.6) Lesley Brown; 5. Choice and moral responsibility (NE III.1-5) Susanne Bobzien; 6. Courage and temperance Giles Pearson; 7. The social virtues (NE IV) Helen Cullyer; 8. Giving justice its due Ron Polansky; 9. The book on wisdom Carolo Natali; 10. Phronesis and the virtues (NE VI.12-13) Daniel Russell; 11. Was Aristotle a Humean? A partisan guide to the debate Jessica Moss; 12. Aristotle's analysis of akratic action Hendrik Lorenz; 13. Philosophical virtue: in defense of the grand end Kristen Inglis; 14. The Nicomachean Ethics on pleasure Verity Harte; 15. Finding oneself with friends Patrick Miller; 16. Competing ways of life and ring-composition (NE X.6-8) Thornton Lockwood; 17. The relationship between Aristotle's ethical and political discourses (NE X.9) Rachana Kamtekar; 18. Protreptic aspects of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics D. S. Hutchinson and Monte Ransome Johnson; 19. The Eudemian Ethics and its controversial relationship to the Nicomachean Ethics Lawrence Jost; 20. Topical bibliography to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics Thornton Lockwood.

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This volume provides a systematic guide to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, a key text of ancient philosophy, and Western philosophy in general.

About the Author

Ronald Polansky is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Duquesne University. He has been editor of the journal Ancient Philosophy since its beginning in 1980. Polansky is the author of Aristotle's 'De anima': A Critical Commentary (Cambridge, 2007) and Philosophy and Knowledge: A Commentary on Plato's 'Theaetetus' (1992), and co-editor of Bioethics: Ancient Themes in Contemporary Issues (2002).

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'A high-grade collection of new essays on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics with several important contributions on central issues. This collection, with its helpful bibliography, deserves to be widely used in graduate seminars and undergraduate courses on the Ethics.' David Charles, University of Oxford
'Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics is one of the most influential works in the history of ethics, and thus an ideal candidate for a Cambridge Companion. Ronald Polansky has enlisted an outstanding cast of specialists to provide the reader with a truly comprehensive introduction to this great work, suitable for advanced students and scholars alike.' James G. Lennox, University of Pittsburgh
'The Companion has many strengths that recommend it. The range of topics is very complete ... The quality of writing throughout is very high, and each chapter provides a clear roadmap of the topic at hand. Students will learn not only the content of these central questions about Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics but also why they matter for the larger interpretation of Aristotle's ethical thinking and their broader philosophical importance.' Peter Aronoff, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"A high-grade collection of new essays on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics with several important contributions on central issues. This collection, with its helpful bibliography, deserves to be widely used in graduate seminars and undergraduate courses on the Ethics." David Charles, Oxford University
"Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics is one of the most influential works in the history of ethics, and thus an ideal candidate for a Cambridge Companion. Ronald Polansky has enlisted an outstanding cast of specialists to provide the reader with a truly comprehensive introduction to this great work, suitable for advanced students and scholars alike." James G. Lennox, University of Pittsburgh
"The Companion has many strengths that recommend it. The range of topics is very complete ... The quality of writing throughout is very high, and each chapter provides a clear roadmap of the topic at hand. Students will learn not only the content of these central questions about Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics but also why they matter for the larger interpretation of Aristotle's ethical thinking and their broader philosophical importance." Peter Aronoff, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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