Faculty Book: Peter Simpson

Peter L. P. Simpson, trans.

The Great Ethics of Aristotle
(Transaction Publishers, 2014)
In this follow-up to The Eudemian Ethics of Aristotle, Simpson centers his attention on the basics of Aristotelian moral doctrine as found in the Great Ethics: the definition of happiness, the nature and kind of the virtues, pleasure, and friendship. This work’s authenticity is disputed, but Simpson argues that all the evidence favors it. Unlike the Nicomachean and Eudemian Ethics, Aristotle wrote the Great Ethics for a popular audience. For this reason, the Great Ethics has distinct advantages as an introduction to Aristotelian ethical thinking. The translation is prefaced by an analytic outline of the whole, and the several sections of it are prefaced by brief summaries. The commentary supplies fuller descriptions and analyses, sorting out puzzles, removing misunderstandings, and resolving doubts of meaning and intention. Peter L. P. Simpson (Prof., Staten Island) serves on the doctoral faculty in classics and philosophy.

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Submitted on: APR 11, 2014

Category: Classics, Faculty Books, Philosophy