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THE

NICOMACHEAN ETHICS

OF

ARISTOTLE.

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Non nisi ex Aristotele ipso discas demum Aristotelem intelligere.

BUHLE.

OXFORD,
HENRY SLATTER, HIGH STREET;
WHITTAKER AND CO., LONGMAN AND CO., SIMPKIN AND MARSHALL, LONDON ;
T. STEVENSON, CAMBRIDGE ; W. JACKSON, NEW YORK.

MDCCCXXXVI.

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PREFACE.

In preparing this edition of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics for the press, I have followed the text of Bekker's smaller edition, published in the year 1831, from which I have seldom ventured to deviate except upon the authority of the MSS. or ancient commentators; and on such occasions I have always retained the rejected reading in the notes.

In dividing the books into chapters and subdividing the chapters into paragraphs, as their previous division rested not on the sanction of antiquity, I have allowed myself unreserved liberty, incorporating two or more chapters into one, or breaking up one chapter into several, where by so doing the unity of the subject was better preserved, or the argument rendered more intelligible. But in order to obviate any inconvenience consequent upon such alterations, I have retained in the inner margin the numbering of the chapters as they are marked in Bekker's edition.

The advantage to be derived from thus dividing the chapters into paragraphs, and distinguishing each paragraph with a capital letter, upon the introduction of a new argu

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