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Aristotle's Dialogue with Socrates

Ronna Burger

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780226080505
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226080543 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226080543.001.0001
Aristotle's Dialogue with Socrates

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What is the good life for a human being? Aristotle's exploration of this question in the Nicomachean Ethics has established it as a founding work of Western philosophy, though its teachings have long puzzled readers and provoked spirited discussion. Adopting a new point of view, this book deciphers some of the most perplexing conundrums of this influential treatise by approaching it as Aristotle's dialogue with the Platonic Socrates. Tracing the argument of the Ethics as it emerges through that approach, the book's reading shows how Aristotle represents ethical virtue from the perspective of those devoted to it, while standing back to examine its assumptions and implications.

Keywords: good life; human being; Aristotle; Nicomachean Ethics; Western philosophy; Socrates; ethical virtue; teachings; treatise

Book.  317 pages. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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The Final End and the Way to It in Aristotle's Dialogue with Socrates

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Excellence of Character in Aristotle's Dialogue with Socrates

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Virtues and Vices in Aristotle's Dialogue with Socrates

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Excellence of Thought in Aristotle's Dialogue with Socrates

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Pleasure and the Discovery of Nature in Aristotle's Dialogue with Socrates

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Friendship and the Discovery of the Self in Aristotle's Dialogue with Socrates

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Happiness in Aristotle's Dialogue with Socrates

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