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Aristotle's Eudemian Ethics

Christopher Rowe

Publication Date - 01 September 2023

ISBN: 9780198838326

224 pages
7.3 x 4.8 inches


Aristotle's Eudemian Ethics was until recently treated as a poor cousin of the better-known Nicomachean Ethics - poor enough even to have to borrow its three central books (IV-VI) from the latter. The work has now emerged from its relative obscurity; many scholars, indeed, now claim - on the basis of what appear to be sound statistical arguments - that it is the Nicomachean Ethics that has to borrow its Books V-VII from the Eudemian. This critical edition of Aristotle's Eudemian Ethics treats this particular issue as unresolved, including as it does only five books (I-III, VII-VIII), but without prejudice, the three disputed books being treated as already available in the edition of the Nicomachean Ethics in the same series. The new edition of the Eudemian Ethics completes the task, begun by Walzer and Mingay's 1991 Oxford Classical Text edition, of restoring the corrupted text on the basis of a new understanding of the relationships between the extant Greek manuscripts. The three primary manuscripts identified by Harlfinger, along with a fourth identified by the present editor, Christopher Rowe, have been freshly and fully collated, a more extensive apparatus criticus has been provided, and substantial new progress has been made in the restoration of the text. A separate companion volume (Aristotelica: Studies on the text of Aristotle's Eudemian Ethics) contains the arguments for every important editorial choice made in the restoration of the text.


  • A new edition based of a fresh and complete collation of the primary manuscripts
  • Builds on a more complete understanding of the relationship between the extant manuscripts and restores much of the corrupted text
  • Includes an extensive critical apparatus

About the Author(s)

Christopher Rowe, Professor Emeritus of Greek, Durham University

Christopher Rowe is Professor Emeritus of Greek at Durham University. He has contributed widely in the field of Classical Studies and was appointed OBE in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to scholarship. He has translated Plato's Republic (Penguin) and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (OUP), and has written and contributed to many works on Greek philosophy. His most recently published title is Plato: Theaetetus and Sophist (Cambridge University Press).

Table of Contents

    Stemma Codicum
    Notes on some aspects of the text and apparatvs criticvs
    Auctores Citati
    Book I
    Book II
    Book III
    Book VII
    Book VIII

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