ABSTRACT

The Nasirean Ethics is the best known ethical digest to be composed in medieval Persia, if not in all mediaeval Islam. It appeared initially in 633/1235 when Tūsī was already a celebrated scholar, scientist, politico-religious propagandist. The work has a special significance as being composed by an outstanding figure at a crucial time in the history he was himself helping to shape: some twenty years later Tūsī was to cross the greatest psychological watershed in Islamic civilization, playing a leading part in the capture of Baghdad and the extinction of the generally acknowledged Caliphate there. In this work the author is primarily concerned with the criteria of human behaviour: first in terms of space and priority allotted, at the individual level, secondly, at the economic level and thirdly at the political level.

chapter 1|1 pages

Elementary Principles

chapter 2|5 pages

The Human or Rational Soul

chapter 3|2 pages

The Faculties of the Human Soul

chapter 4|5 pages

Man, the Noblest Being

chapter 5|3 pages

The Soul's Perfection and Deficiency

chapter 6|8 pages

. Wherein lies the Soul's Perfection

chapter 7|15 pages

On Good, Felicity and Perfection

chapter 4|3 pages

Species within Classes of Virtues

chapter 5|4 pages

Types of Vices

chapter 6|6 pages

Virtues and Pseudo-Virtues

chapter 7|13 pages

Justice, Noblest of all Virtues

chapter 9|9 pages

Preserving the Soul's Health

chapter 10|29 pages

Treating the Soul's Sicknesses

part |2 pages

Second Discourse: On Economics

chapter I|4 pages

On Households in General

chapter 2|4 pages

Regulation of Property and Provisions

chapter 3|5 pages

Regulation of Wives

chapter 4|12 pages

Regulation of Children

chapter |3 pages

4a. Rights of Parents

chapter 5|4 pages

Government of Servants and Slaves

part |2 pages

The Discourse: On Politics

chapter 2|16 pages

On Love, Connecter of Societies

chapter 4|11 pages

Government of Realm and Manners of Kings

chapter 6|11 pages

On Friendship and Friends

chapter 8|3 pages

Testaments Attributed to Plato