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January 24 - I Read the rest of Book I II The Beginning...

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January 24, 2008 I Read the rest of Book I. II The Beginning A (Plato’s The Republic ); Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics . i For the Greeks and the Romans, ethics and politics were the not the separate disciplines / modes of inquiry of today. a The classical view of politics (of the Greeks and Romans) –both one mode of inquiry, with different aspects to it. B Aristotle: the morally good society is politically healthy. This separation of politics and ethics is a calamity. III Difficulties of NE A Translated text. i E.g. virtue ethics. One of the schools of thought in which the mode of inquiry addresses virtue and ethical conduct. Problem is, virtue is a translation. a Areté virtus virtue. 1 But areté can also mean excellence. 2 Virtus didn’t exist until Cicero created it along with qualitas . Trying to find a Latin equivalent to a Greek concept. B 24 centuries old. i Changes in concepts, practices, institutions, culture. ii The alien-ness of their way of living and thinking. C Composed of a series of lecture notes, not a refined published edited volume. i
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