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Some Observations On Michael Of Ephesus’ Comments On Nicomachean Ethics X

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A study of the Byzantine twelfth-century composite commentary on the Nicomachean Ethics cannot pass over Michael of Ephesus' contribution to it. Since there is no detailed study of any of Michael's comments, this chapter focuses on these comments, and in particular on the comments on book X of the Nicomachean Ethics. It discusses three issues which arise from Michael's comments: 1. The use of medical examples 2. The distinction between two kinds of eudaimonia 3. The issue whether non-rational animals can achieve eudaimonia. The chapter chooses these issues because it themselves are philosophically interesting. The fact that we have no other ancient or Byzantine commentary on book X of the Nicomachean Ethics makes it very difficult to judge whether Michael here just copies and rephrases old material, as Ebbesen and Preus have claimed in the case of his logical and zoological comments, or whether he has something new to say.

Keywords: book X; Byzantine commentary; Michael of Ephesus' comments; Nicomachean Ethics



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