POLC70H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Nicomachean Ethics, The Good Life, Eudaimonia

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Pol b70: classic texts of political theory i: professor lee. Readings for this lecture: aristotle, nicomachean ethics book i: chapters1 2 and 7. Book vi: chapters 5, and 7 8 book x: chapter 9. Chapters 1 5 book iii: all chapters. Who was aristotle: (1) a student of plato, founded the lyceum whose followers later were called peripatetic" (from gr. Peripatos walking around" because they supposedly walked when they did philosophy) against the platonist academics" (members of plato"s academy); (2) a foreigner in athens, (3) tutor to the young. Alexander the great, (4) generally regarded the first political scientist" but he was not primarily a political thinker, but a systematic philosopher concerned with all sciences; Politics" forms only a small part of his system of thought, alongside rhetoric, literary theory, botany, biology, physics. This is the aim of aristotle"s major work on the topic of ethics, the nicomachean ethics (so named because it was dedicated to aristotle"s son, nicomachus).

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