- Taschenbuch: 366 Seiten
- Verlag: University of Chicago Press (23. April 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0226026752
- ISBN-13: 978-0226026756
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,5 x 22,9 cm
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Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 23. April 2012
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"This is the only English translation of the "Ethics" for those who want or need to know precisely, not just roughly, what Aristotle says. Readers now can behold the splendor of his conception of moral virtue and engage with its subtleties as well. The translation is accompanied by excellent notes, an interpretive essay, indices, and a highly useful glossary."--Harvey C. Mansfield, Harvard University
--Harvey C. Mansfield, Harvard University
"Barlett and Collins's translation of the "Nicomachean Ethics" is the best in English that I have read. It nicely couples a consistent faithfulness to Aristotle's Greek with a high degree of readability. This will be a real service to scholars and students."--Gerald M. Mara, Georgetown University
--Gerald M. Mara, Georgetown University
"There are several good editions of the "Nicomachean Ethics" currently available, but the Bartlett and Collins version is superior in several decisive respects--philological, philosophical, and pedagogical. The translation itself is consistently faithful to the text without lapsing into obscurity or awkwardness, with lots of helpful discussion (in just the right number of notes conveniently placed at the bottom of the page) of alternative possibilities at key points. Best of all, the thoughtful and well-crafted surrounding material--notes, glossary, introduction, and interpretive essay--supplies a marvelous guide to Aristotle's unique way of presenting the central questions of ethics and politics. This is the version I will use when next I teach the "Nicomachean Ethics"."--Stephen G. Salkever, Bryn Mawr College
--Stephen G. Salkever, Bryn Mawr College
"This translation will easily be the best available English version of the "Nicomachean Ethics"."--Michael Davis, Sarah Lawrence College
--Michael Davis, Sarah Lawrence College
"Bartlett and Collins's translation of the "Nicomachean Ethics" is the best in English that I have read. It nicely couples a consistent faithfulness to Aristotle's Greek with a high degree of readability. This will be a real service to scholars and students."--Gerald M. Mara, Georgetown University
--Gerald M. Mara, Georgetown University
"[This volume] is much more than a translation. The translators, Robert C. Bartlett, who teaches Hellenic politics at Boston College, and Susan D. Collins, a political scientist at the University of Houston, have provided helpful aids. . . . [They have] supplied an informative introduction, as well as 'A Note on the Translation, ' a bibliography and an outline of the work. All this precedes the main text. Afterward comes a brief 'Overview of the Moral Virtues and Vices, ' a very extensive and invaluable glossary, a list of 'Key Greek Terms, ' an index of proper names and at last a detailed 'general index.' Together these bring the original text within the compass of every intelligent reader."--"New York Times Book Review"
--Harry V. Jaffa "New York Times Book Review "
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Robert C. Bartlett is the Behrakis Professor in Hellenic Political Studies at Boston College. Susan D. Collins is associate professor of political science, with a joint appointment in The Honors College, at the University of Houston.
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Because we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, I should mention that Aristotle discussed happiness in detail in his NICOMACHEAN ETHICS centuries before the pursuit of happiness was mentioned in the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
In his 1961 inaugural address President John F. Kennedy famously urged Americans not to ask what their country can do for them but what they can do for their country. In this way, he urged the American citizens to be the aristocrats for their country. At one point in their interpretive essay, Bartlett (born 1964) and Collins (born 1960) seems to echo President Kennedy's wording when they say that "justice and friendship are said to exist also to the extent to which each member seeks not or not only his own advantage but also the advantage of the community as a whole" (page 290).
The lengthy interpretive essay (pages 237-302) is accessible and informative. But I do have an admittedly small objection to one paragraph (pages 257-258). Bartlett and Collins start the paragraph by saying that they are going "to speak now more explicitly than Aristotle does" about a certain difficulty they see with maintaining that in the case of courage the same action is both noble and good. On the one hand, I suspect that Aristotle does not speak more explicitly about this matter because he understands the warrior's heroic code. On the other hand, I suspect that Bartlett and Collins do not understand the warrior's heroic code because they have been habituated to the anti-hero in modern literature.
Later on (pages 292-293), however, Bartlett and Collins supply a paragraph that answers the difficulty they saw earlier but that Aristotle had not spoken about in the earlier text. They point out that "the serious man is a self-lover, [and] his noble action contributes to the good of another and the common good. His preference for noble action over all other goods explains his extraordinary choice in certain circumstances even to forsake his life in behalf of his friends or city; it explains, as well, his preference `to feel pleasure intensely for a short time over feeling it mildly for a long time, to live nobly for one year over living in a haphazard way for many years, and to do one great and noble action over many small ones' (1169a22-25). His noble action thus makes him a good friend and citizen, even though he is a self-lover in this way and not as the many are."
In any event, Aristotle's NICOMACHEAN ETHICS is one of the most thought-provoking works ever written, and Bartlett and Collins have provided us with a fine translation of it.