Study Guide

The Nicomachean Ethics Book 6, Chapter 10 (1142b36-1143a18)

By Aristotle

Book 6, Chapter 10 (1142b36-1143a18)

  • Aristotle wants to chat about "comprehension" and "good comprehension."
  • Comprehension deals with things that stump us and about which we have to deliberate.
  • It's in the same category as prudence, but they aren't the same thing. Prudence is about action; comprehension stops one step short of that and is all about making decisions.
  • It is the ability to sift what's good, advantageous, and truthful from the opinions around us. We can then use that information to make decisions about the right course to take.
  • Two other things: 1) "learning" and "comprehension" are interchangeably used; 2) "good comprehension" is really the same thing as "comprehension."