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Aristotle's Ethics as First Philosophy


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  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107400511

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  • In Aristotle's Ethics as First Philosophy Claudia Baracchi demonstrates the indissoluble links between practical and theoretical wisdom in Aristotle's thinking. Referring to a broad range of texts from the Aristotelian corpus, Baracchi shows how the theoretical is always informed by a set of practices, and specifically, how one's encounter with phenomena, the world, or nature in the broadest sense, is always a matter of ethos. Such a 'modern' intimation can, thus, be found at the heart of Greek thought. Baracchi's book opens the way for a comprehensively reconfigured approach to classical Greek philosophy.

    • A sustained exercise in close reading
    • An attempt to re-systematize Aristotle's corpus as a whole
    • Accessible to students of Greek philosophy
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    • Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107400511
    • length: 354 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Prelude: Before Ethics: Metaphysics A and Posterior Analytics B
    1. Metaphysics A: on 'metaphysics' and desire
    2. Posterior analytics: on Nous and Aisthesis
    3. Architecture as first philosophy
    Part II. Main Section: Ethikon Nikomakheion Alpha-Eta:
    4. Human initiative and its orientation to the good
    5. On happiness
    6. On the soul
    7. On justice
    8. The virtues of the intellect
    Part III. Interlude: Metaphysics Gamma:
    9. Aporiai of the science of 'being qua being'
    10. The principle 'by nature'
    11. Reiterations
    12. Teleology, indefinable and indubitable
    13. The phenomenon of truth and the action of thinking
    Part IV. Concluding Section: Ethikon Nikomakheion Theta-Kappa
    14. Friendship and justice: inceptive remarks
    15. Perfection and friendship
    16. Again on friendship and justice
    17. On happiness or the good
    18. Again on Logos and Praxis
    Part V. Kolophon.

  • Author

    Claudia Baracchi, New School for Social Research
    Claudia Baracchi is a Professor of Moral Philosophy at the Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy and the author of Of Myth, Life, and War in Plato's Republic.


    • Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009

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