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The most intense form of reception of Aristotle?s Nicomachean Ethics in the Middle Ages is provided by the commentaries written on the work itself, and it is on these commentaries that this book concentrates. The medieval commentary tradition starts in the first half of the thirteenth century. The first to write full commentaries on this translation were Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas. The chapters in the book are spread chronologically, devoting attention to each of the phases in which the medieval reception of the Nicomachean Ethics took place. Confronting the Nicomachean Ethics with Platonic, Stoic, and most notably Christian ideas, the commentators active between 1200 and 1500 developed moral theories which not always faithfully reflected Aristotle?s system but certainly fitted the intellectual climate of medieval society and perhaps even met some of its moral needs.

Keywords: Albert the Great; Aristotelian morality; Christian virtue; medieval commentary tradition; Nicomachean Ethics; Thomas Aquinas



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