Maarten Maartensz

  Philosophy - Aristotle - Ethics - TOC



This is the Table Of Contents (TOC) of this html-edition of Aristotle's "Ethics" in the translation of W.D. Ross, which is available on the internet at various places. I have used a txt-form for my html-edition, in which each so called Book is in a file of its own.

I have also used a paper text of this work, namely the 1953-translation by J.A.K. Thomson in Penguin Classics. I used this paper edition for my notes, but I did not compare it very carefully with the html-version I use. The full reference of this edition is: 

Aristotle: Ethics - The Ethics of Aristotle - The Nicomachean Ethics translated by J.A.K. Thomson. First edition 1953.

This is in Penguin Classics. The edition I have is a reprint from 1966. The reasons to use this edition are that it is the one in which I first read Aristotle's Ethics, and that it contains my notes and underlinings. Besides, it is useful to compare two good translations of the same text.

The reason for the title "The Nicomachean Ethics" is that there are two other works on ethics that are attributed to Aristotle. If indeed these are by Aristotle, these are precursors of "The Nicomachean Ethics", that is generally considered to be Aristotle's main and latest work on ethics.

The advantages of Thomson's translation over the html-version of Ross's translation is that the former has an introduction of 24 pages, an index, and Thomson's useful summaries and introductions between chapters and sections.

The texts that follow have many links, and come all with a group of usually four arrows at the beginning and the end of each text, that look thus:
These have in general the following effect when clicked:

- previous file
- Table of Contents
- Notes or Text associated with the file
- next file

Every file of Aristotle's text links to a file with my notes, the links to which are between square brackets as in "[1]". In order to allow the reader to read my notes independently, they all start with a quotation in blue of the passage they annotate, and that generally ends with the link to the note in Aristotle's text.

Because the passages I annotate are repeated in my Notes, it is possible to read the Notes without reading the Text that is annotated. However, each file of Notes has at its beginning a link to the Text it annotates, and likewise that Text has at its beginning a link to my Notes to it, and as explained each Note also has a link to the Text and the place is is quoted from

Those who download my edition of Aristotle's "Ethics" and my notes should realize that the links to and from the notes are retained only if they are placed in directory-structures of the following form:

     "/Ethics/"            - that includes Aristotle's textfiles and the TOC
     "/Ethics/Notes/"   - that includes my textfiles of notes

How this directory and its subdirectory are otherwise attached to a filesystem on the computer you use is irrelevant, but the above is required for having the many links work when reading off line.

It should also be mentioned that there are three related texts concerned with the foundations of morals on my site with my comments, namely Hume's Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals; Edward's "The Logic of Moral Discourse"; and Mill's "Utilitarianism" that are also well worth reading. They are in the same format as this edition of the Ethics.

Two final remarks on the text of Ross's translation and the text of my own notes respectively:

  • The text of Ross's translations is at quite a few other places on the internet, in various editions and formats. I have corrected the one I found first - a txt-version - that seemed decent on a few places where the mistakes seemed obvious - repetition of words, or missing or redundant letters - without bothering to indicate this. Those who want to be certain that the html of Ross's translations is completely correct should also consult a paper edition of it.

  • The text of my notes has my copyright, in the sense of my note on copyright of the material on my site.

On Jun 12, 2007 I have uploaded version 0 of my notes - which need polishing and extension, especially the Notes to Book IX that are far from complete in the first version.

So, more needs to be done, but at present I don't have the health for it. What there is ought to be interesting for some, and is long enough as it is for nearly anyone, I suppose.

But I intend to review and extend it quite soon, and then use the result for something of my own about Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics.

Maarten Maartensz
January 17, 2007 and
June 12, 2007

(Last edited: 25 Nov 2011)