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Years Written

c. 335–325 BCE





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Greek philosopher Aristotle considers the weighty question of how humans should live in the Nicomachean Ethics, generally considered the most important ethical treatise in the Western philosophical tradition. Aristotle argues happiness comes from virtue and wisdom. He also examines political science, justice, desire, and human relationships. Thinkers from medieval to contemporary times have relied on the Nicomachean Ethics for philosophical insight into living their best possible lives.

About the Title

The name Nicomachean was given to the Ethics in honor of either Aristotle's son or his father, both of whom were named Nicomachus. It is possible that Nicomachus the Younger edited the Ethics after his father's death.


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