Friday, December 19, 2008

Aimless Reading: The A's, Part 19.2 (Hellenic Interlude 1.3)

Nicomachean Ethics
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Nocomachean Ethics

In case you were wondering whence the word "Nicomachean":

Nicomachean Ethics (sometimes spelled "Nichomachean"), or Ta Ethika, is a work by Aristotle on virtue and moral character which plays a prominent role in defining Aristotelian ethics. It consists of ten books based on notes from his lectures at the Lyceum and were either edited by or dedicated to Aristotle's son, Nicomachus. (Wikipedia, natch). 

I think Nicomachus was also the name of Aristotle's father.

On the inner flap there is some kind of very grammatically confused schema that I must of have written down in class. I suspect it has something to do with Aristotle's "Golden Mean," though you'd never know from my notes:

Courage -- Fear & Confidence
Self-control -- Pleasure & Pain -- Self-indulgence (insensitive)
Generosity -- Extravagance & Stinginess
Magnificence -- Gaudiness -- Niggardliness (large scale)
High-mindedness -- Vanity -- Small-mindedness
Gentleness -- Short-tempered & pathetic
Truthfulness -- Boastfulness -- Self-deprecation
Witty -- buffoonery -- boorishness
Friendliness -- obsequiousness (flattery) & grouchiness
Bashfulness -- shamelessness -- shamefulness
Righteous Indignation -- envy & spite

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