Book cover art for Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

Nicomachean Ethics


Date of Birth
384 BCE
Date of Death
322 BCE
Known For
Politics, Nicomachean Ethics

A series of lectures delivered in Athens and named for his son Nicomachus, Aristotle’s Ethics describes a life of flourishing achieved by cultivating forms of excellence, which he calls virtues. Rooted in community and understood not in terms of right and wrong but a vision of the good life, Aristotle’s Ethics has served as the Ancient Greek philosophical alternative to Christian moral thought, and continues to raise questions about the responsibilities and abilities of individuals, the place of the community in their lives, and the good life.