Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics” Book VII

Natali, Carlo. Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics” Book VII. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.


” Book VII  appears to be the sum of two different logoi,  the first dedicated to weakness of the will and other on desirable states of mind, and the second to pleasure. Each logos  has the aspect of an independent short treatise, with its own introduction and structure. Each develops its arguments with no explicit rough rents to the other. The discussion of weakness of the will even has its own conclusion, whereas the discussion of pleasure lacks an explicit conclusion but Andrews with the quotation of a poem. After that we have a conclusion to the whole book.  this is the only passage that connects the two parts of the book.

The question of the relationship between VII and VI  one cannot be discussed here.  In the following essays there is puzzling evidence. Some consider VII  to be more connected to I-III  than to I-IV,  and some not: Cooper and Bobonich  find that the procedure and some aspects of the content are closer to VI than to VIII.”