Nicomachean Ethics

  • by Aristotle, W. D. Ross (translator)
  • Narrated by Michael Prichard
  • 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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

What did you like best about Nicomachean Ethics? What did you like least?

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.


What do you think your next listen will be?

Aristotle's Politics (partially because I have to read it for class)


What three words best describe Michael Prichard’s voice?

Monotonous, Steady, Suitable


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Goodness, no. It would never work as a movie.


Any additional comments?

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.

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- Katie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-28-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio