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Book 1 To kick off his discussion about happiness, Aristotle begins by asserting "every craft ... line of inquiry, and ... ev... Read More
Book 2 This section analyzes virtues of character and illuminates what Aristotle means by virtue in general, and why he consi... Read More
Book 3 Virtue concerns feelings and actions that receive either "praise or blame." However, which actions can people be held ... Read More
Book 4 This section discusses other virtues of character. Generosity concerns "the giving and taking of wealth." An ung... Read More
Book 5 This section analyzes justice and injustice. Justice is a state, and people in this state want to do just actions. Ari... Read More
Book 6 This section provides background for Book 6 by defining the different parts of the soul. Aristotle reminds the reader ... Read More
Book 7 This section describes the conditions of character to avoid no matter what. These conditions are "vice, incontinence, ... Read More
Book 8 Friendship is essential to the virtuous life. Even if someone had everything else they needed, they would not want to ... Read More
Book 9 This section continues Aristotle's discussion of friendship. He begins by discussing friends with different aims, wher... Read More
Book 10 Aristotle returns to the topic of pleasure for a more detailed analysis. Pleasure is a crucial topic in his examinatio... Read More
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