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Nicomachean Ethics



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1. Which of the following words is not a plausible translation of eudaimonia?

2. Which of the following is always an end in itself?

3. Which of the following, according to Aristotle, is the highest pursuit in life?

4. Which of the following is not listed as a virtue in Aristotle’s Table of Virtues and Vices?

5. Which of the following statements about Aristotle’s Doctrine of the Mean is correct?

6. How do we learn virtue?

7. If someone does wrong out of ignorance and never comes to recognize this ignorance, how do we describe that person’s action?

8. Which of the senses is most susceptible to licentiousness?

9. Which of the following is not, strictly speaking, a virtue?

10. Which of the following does Aristotle consider to be the worst?

11. Which of the following is not one of the social virtues?

12. Which of the following is not a concern of particular justice?

13. How is justice different from virtue?

14. Which of the following is not an intellectual virtue?

15. Which intellectual virtue is the most important?

16. Which of the following is most blameworthy?

17. Which of the following pleasures can be a source of incontinence without qualification?

18. Which of the following most accurately reflects Aristotle’s view of pleasure?

19. What is the best form of friendship based upon?

20. Which is the best kind of political constitution, according to the Ethics?

21. Which of the following relationships is analogous to the king-subject relationship?

22. How should one treat an old friend whom one has long since exceeded in friendship?

23. What does Aristotle claim to be the highest human activity?

24. Who are the best teachers of political science?

25. Which of the following concepts does Aristotle not advocate?

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by ProfessorHinkley, April 06, 2014

The author of this commentary claims that Aristotle's "concept of distributive justice is meant to ensure that the greatest privilege go to those male aristocrats who exhibit the greatest virtue rather than to those who have the greatest wealth, the greatest military strength, or the most friends." This claim is superficial and grossly misleading. We need to approach books by trying to understand them as the author understands them, and in this case Aristotle articulates a principle of justice, called merit, that transcends gender and socia


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