What is the Meaning of 'Good' in Book I of the 'Nicomachean Ethics'?
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The article argues that 'good' (agathon) is not a primary concept in Book I of the 'Nicomachean Ethics' (EN). The analysis of chapters 1, 2 and 7 shows that 'good' is founded on the concept of 'end' (telos). In chapter 7, Aristotle introduces a concept of 'function' (ergon), which he also uses as a foundation for 'good'. The article argues against the interpretation of 'the good' implied by Danuta Gromska's translation, presents possible solutions for the charge that Aristotle commits a fallacy in the first sentence of NE and follows the development of the definition of 'the good' through its increasingly richer expositions. It closes with a note on the dangers of the misguided expectations of the contemporary reader as to the Aristotelian treatise entitled 'Ethics'.
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