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By Eric Salem

"Where does happiness lie?" "What is the easiest life?" Aristotle ponders those abiding questions in his Nicomachean Ethics—a paintings which has profoundly inspired Western pondering on moral issues. A e-book of obvious obviousness, the Ethics possesses a intensity and complexity reader in the beginning may perhaps forget or no longer take hold of. In his examine, In Pursuit of the Good, Eric Salem publications and deepens the reader's realizing of Aristotle’s masterpiece, hence aiding him to choose what the nice existence may still be.

The selection for Aristotle is among the lifetime of motion and the lifetime of contemplation. Salem writes that for Aristotle:

Happiness doesn't lie within the delight in physically pleasures, within the "childish enjoyment" so prized via such a lot males, together with "those in power." Nor does it lie within the workout of the ethical virtues; even if Aristotle is cautious to claim that the satisfied guy will perform the ethical virtues as get together dictates, the lifetime of motion isn't really, it sort of feels, the satisfied existence. Happiness really lies in contemplation, in understanding, in "seeing" for its personal sake; happiness is the task of the mind in keeping with wisdom.

Eric Salem has taught at St. John's university in Annapolis given that 1990. He collaborated with Peter Kalkavage and Eva Brann on translations of Plato's Sophist and Phaedo. they're at the moment engaged on the Statesman.

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