Eu Zen

BTW, Aristotle says in the Politics that the purpose of the polis is not just living, but living well, living a noble life, what amounts to happiness or eudaimonia.  Per Agamben in Homo Sacer, this “living well,” in the original, is “eu zen.”


Intervention – “Reading Groups as Radical Research Practice”

Kelvin Mason, University of Liverpool

Sam Halvorsen, University College London

Kerry Burton, University of the West of England


Reading groups represent a common practice both inside and outside the university, and in many cases provide an important space that breaches the divide. Nevertheless, there is relatively little critical reflection on the political significance of reading groups, their practical utility, and the challenges involved. This intervention emerged through an encounter between three UK-based academic-activists, sharing our experiences of “doing reading groups” in and around the university.

Over the last few years, there has been something of a participatory turn in academic geography, with discussions about the potentials of “participatory action research” (Kindon et al. 2007), “militant research” (Shukaitis and Graeber 2007), and “engaging” (Wills 2014), amongst other approaches and themes, including co-production. Many of these discussions have explored the extent to which the university facilitates participatory encounters…

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Nicomachean Ethics // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame


Another NDPR review, this time of C.D.C. Reeve’s new translation of Aristotle’s Ethics from Hackett. The summary graph at the end tells his conclusion: it’s a good translation if you’re using it for upper-level undergrads, but given it’s notes and such, lower level undergrads may need a less note-y text. I think the opposite: they may not read them but I can point to them to explain various Greek terms and I quiz them on the glossary at the back of the current Hackett edition. (I also side with the Hackett editions over price: all things being more or less equal, I try not to assign the more-than-$20.00 Cambridge editions.)

Speaking of Aristotle, before teaching the Ethics and the Metaphysics this semester, I read Carlo Natalis’ Aristotle: His Life and School, recently translated and updated. It is perhaps the best biography I have read on him, providing notes to…

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