Complete Yourself

Suggestions for Further Exploration

Although Aristotle's own writings are not easy to read, they reward deep study. Among translators of Aristotle, I much prefer Joe Sachs, who has rendered the Nicomachean Ethics and other key works into English. Unfortunately there is no great translation of the Eudemian Ethics, so I have started to make one.

Several somewhat popular expositions are worth reading: Aristotle: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Barnes, Aristotle's Way by Edith Hall, Aristotle by John Herman Randall, In Pursuit of the Good by Eric Salem, and Aristotle's Ethics by J.O. Urmson.

The scholarly literature on Aristotle is vast. Here I have found the following works especially valuable: Ethics with Aristotle by Sarah Broadie, Aristotle's Man by Stephen Clark, Action and Character According to Aristotle by Kevin Flannery, Confronting Aristotle's Ethics by Eugene Garver, The Aristotelian Ethics and Aristotle on the Perfect Life by Anthony Kenny, Aristotelian Interpretations by Fran O'Rourke, and Taking Life Seriously by Frances Sparshott.

Complete Yourself is the third volume in a six-movement suite of books I'm writing on the art of living:

  1. The Tao of Roark: Variations on a Theme from Ayn Rand (2012)
  2. Songs of Zarathustra: Poetic Perspectives on Nietzsche's Philosophy of Life (2018)
  3. Complete Yourself: Aristotle on Personal Excellence
  4. The Upland Farm: Thoreau on Cultivating a Better Life (2017)
  5. Letters on Happiness: An Epicurean Dialogue (2013)
  6. Stories of the Way: Parables on Taoism (forthcoming)

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