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Nichomachean Ethics by Aristotle


Rubricated Manuscript on Paper in Latin. This volume is a translation of Leonardo Bruni transcribed by an unrecorded scribe, Guillaume-Henri, citizen of Embrun at Carpentras in France. The work is presumed to be dedicated to Aristotle’s father or his illegitimate son, Nicomachus, to which the title refers to.

Originally written in Greek and based on lectures Aristotle gave in Athens in the fourth century B.C. It is “Aristotle’s most important study of personal morality and the ends of human life.” It offers valuable insights into human needs and conduct. For a person to be happy, he says, they must not simply pursue pleasure, but to do well those things which are distinctly human, namely the exercise of intellectual abilities. But, as he also explains, virtue is not solely intellectual; mankind has a moral aspect as well.

TITLE: Nichomachean Ethics by Aristotle

Manuscript Date: 1488

Catalogue: #0672