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First, hats off to the narrator on doing a wonderful job with this narration. It was read and paced very well. The book, Nicomachean Ethics is one of Aristotle’s most important works of philosophy. It provides a window into the past and how philosophical thinkers like Aristotle viewed politics, virtue, and ethics in ancient Greece.
My biggest takeaway from this book was his view on government and how there are really only three forms of government and how all forms of government carry unique risks of becoming corrupt. It was Aristotle’s view that the best form of government was the monarchy or the rule of one, but he also believed that form of government could lead to tyranny, the worst form of government.
Anyone with an interest in political and ethical theory should enjoy reading this book!
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Aristotle is certainly a product of his age. He is obsessed with logical consistency, sexist, pro-slavery, and mildly anti-democratic. Yet for all that, there is so much—so very much—we can learn from this classic. The relation of pleasure to happiness, the importance of honor, the imperfection of human beings—a worthwhile read.