We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
The Ethics of Aristotle Lecture

The Ethics of Aristotle

Regular Price:£11.59
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • £7.99/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

In this 12-lecture meditation on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, you'll uncover the clarity and ethical wisdom of one of humanity's greatest minds. Father Koterski shows how and why this great philosopher can help you deepen and improve your own thinking on questions of morality and leading the best life. The aim of these lectures is to provide you with a clear and thoughtful introduction to Aristotle as a moral philosopher. After absorbing some important background information designed to introduce you to Aristotle's career and general approach to the various fields of knowledge, you turn to the ten books (today we would call them chapters) of this brief but towering work. Throughout, you'll consider Aristotle's account of the four main virtues of courage, moderation, justice, and prudence; his claims that happiness (eudaimonia) is the real goal of life; his explanations of how and why people attain- or fall short of- ethical excellence; his differences with his teachers Plato and Socrates over the hard question of what knowing rightly has to do with acting rightly; where Aristotle's thought fits into the long history of ethical reflection; and much more.

Prepare for an illuminating, mind-broadening, and thought-provoking learning experience, and a chance to get up close and personal with one of Western philosophy's founding fathers.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2001 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2001 The Great Courses

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (12 )
5 star
 (6)
4 star
 (3)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.6 (9 )
5 star
 (6)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.4 (9 )
5 star
 (6)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Greg Gauthier London, UK 01/07/2016
    Greg Gauthier London, UK 01/07/2016 Member Since 2016

    I prefer actual reading. But life gets in the way.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Summary more than argument"

    While I very much enjoyed Fr. Koterski's rehearsal of Aristotle's arguments, I found myself not quite as engaged in the lectures, as I was with Prof. Robinson's "Great Ideas Of Philosophy".

    Fr. Koterski's lectures are a thorough and well practiced summary of each of the books in Aristotle's ethics. That was enjoyable, but less engaging than Prof. Robinson, because Robinson was doing something very different. He was *making an argument* for how we ought to regard the ideas in those works, and what those ideas mean, in the broader scope of the development of human thought. If Fr. Koterski had challenged me a bit more in the way that Prof. Robinson had, I think the lectures would have been better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cristina 19/05/2015
    Cristina 19/05/2015 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Superb!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ethics of Aristotle to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but this lecture series is an absolutely superb to understanding Aristotle at a deeper level than one can master on his own. Aristotle is dry and his 'lecture notes' were never intended for publication. Father Joseph Koterski's clear, deep and enthusiastic delivery motivates one to go back again and again to Aristotle's Ethics. More of these, please!


    Have you listened to any of Father Joseph Koterski, S.J.’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Not yet, but I intend to listen to all his audio lectures, especially the one on Biblical Wisdom.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Everything has moved me, especially what he has to say about friendship and morality as something that one does as part of a community.


    Any additional comments?

    More of Father Joseph Koterski please!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Luke Walton
    San Diego, CA USA
    03/07/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Solid primer on Aristotle"

    Solid course. Not life changing but definitely illuminating. Professor is knowledgable and charming. The course on the Platonic Dialogues is still the best audio course, however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ned McKinley
    15/03/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very good -- recommended"

    All in all a great course. I have some previous knowledge of philosophy, including of Aristotle, and found this course to be well laid out and explained. It should serve to give a solid overview of a sensible, balanced approach to ethics that is generally relevant today.

    I just have a few quibbles. Fr Koterski uses some phrases repeatedly that get a bit irritating -- "mindful of that" for example is used dozens of times.

    Also I would have been fine with a longer course, perhaps contrasting Aristotle and his heirs such as Aquinas with other philosophers from Plato to the present day.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Russell Granby
    27/10/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Standard class"

    Not much was gained by this book, does provoke thoughts for future philosophy. Reading was good and flowed well

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mandy Press
    05/08/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ethics of Aristotle"

    A delightful narration taught with warmth, a sly sense of humor, and an underlying attitude of mastery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Omnipiterius
    18/07/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fantastic"

    Great lecturer who knows his content. Clearly delights in sharing what he has learned, and does so with ease and flair.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tony Diko
    20/02/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ethics"

    One of the best works by Aristotle. what a great course . I'm going to listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Carrollton, Tx
    02/01/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent job."

    superb lectures explaining Aristotle's ideas blended with the ideas of other thinkers! opened my eyes!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gaggleframpf
    21/08/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "One of the best presentations of Aristotle"
    Would you listen to The Ethics of Aristotle again? Why?

    Definitely. It's interesting philosophically AND it helps me to live better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aristotle and Father Joe Katersky, because one wrote the material and the other taught it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Katersky's discussion on wimpiness.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Excellence lies in the mean between the extremes.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberley
    EUGENE, OR, United States
    21/07/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good discussion of the Nicomachean Ethics"

    I appreciate the thoroughness and insight of Father Koterski. He is an interesting and relevant lecturer. This a great way to complement private reading of the text.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • richard
    11/06/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "enjoyable"

    I enjoyed this series very much. I listened to several sections more then once. I found myself enlightened with a new awareness .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.