A Pharaphrase Edition of the Nicomachean Ethics by Manuel Nunez
People talk about Aristotle frequently, referring to him as one of the greatest thinkers of the ancient world. That being so, I always found it odd that almost no one I met had actually read his writings.
Some years ago, I began to work on my own lack of reading in classic literature. Aristotle was one of the first authors I wanted to read. But, once I got my hands on one of his books, I found out why no one reads him – it’s just too hard! I was able to go very slowly and make sense out of the text, but I had to go so slowly that it just wasn’t worth my time.
This paraphrase edition of the Nicomachean Ethics is our effort to put Aristotle’s thoughts into understandable English. Our version really isn’t too different from Aristotle’s actual words, but we paraphrased almost everything. So, we’re not calling this a translation, we’re calling it a paraphrase edition. I doubt it will satisfy purists, but it should make Aristotle available to non-specialists, which I am sure would have been his desire.