Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

2 Nov, 2023 170 Ethics

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Aristotle’s ideas on what happiness means and how to live a good life. Aristotle (384-322BC) explored these almost two and a half thousand years ago in what became known as his Nicomachean Ethics. His audience then were the elite in Athens as, he argued, if they knew how to live their lives well then they could better rule the lives of others. While circumstances and values have changed across the centuries, Aristotle’s approach to answering those questions has fascinated philosophers ever since and continues to do so.

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  • Angie Hobbs 24 episodes
    Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield
  • Roger Crisp 2 episodes
    Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Professor of Moral Philosophy and Tutor in Philosophy at St Anne's College, University of Oxford
  • Sophia Connell 2 episodes
    Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London

Reading list

  • Aristotle the Philosopher
    J.L. Ackrill (Oxford University Press, 1981) Google Books →
  • Nicomachean Ethics
    Aristotle (ed. and trans. Roger Crisp) (Cambridge University Press, 2000) Google Books →
  • Nicomachean Ethics
    Aristotle (trans. Terence Irwin) (Hackett Publishing Co., 2019) Google Books →
  • Nicomachean Ethics: Loeb Classical Library
    Aristotle (trans. H. Rackham) (William Heinemann Ltd, 1962) Google Books →
  • Aristotle: Past Masters series
    Jonathan Barnes (Oxford University Press, 1982) Google Books →
  • Routledge Guidebook to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics
    Gerard J. Hughes (Routledge, 2013) Google Books →
  • The Blackwell Guide to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics
    Richard Kraut (ed.) (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005) Google Books →
  • Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: An Introduction
    Michael Pakaluk (Cambridge University Press, 2005) Google Books →
  • Essays on Aristotle's Ethics
    A. Rorty (ed.) (University of California Press, 1981) Google Books →
  • The Fabric of Character: Aristotle's Theory of Virtue
    Nancy Sherman (Clarendon Press, 1989) Google Books →
  • Aristotle's Ethics
    J.O. Urmson (John Wiley & Sons, 1988) Google Books →

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello, what is happiness and how do we live a good life?