The Complete Works of Aristotle 1: Revised Oxford Translation

The Complete Works of Aristotle 1: Revised Oxford TranslationThe Oxford Translation Of Aristotle Was Originally Published In Volumes Between It Is Universally Recognized As The Standard English Version Of Aristotle This Revised Edition Contains The Substance Of The Original Translation, Slightly Emended In Light Of Recent Scholarship Three Of The Original Versions Have Been Replaced By New Translations And A New And Enlarged Selection Of Fragments Has Been Added The Aim Of The Translation Remains The Same To Make The Surviving Works Of Aristotle Readily Accessible To English Speaking Readers Anyone who has even the slightest interest in Philosophy has to of course read Aristotle However, reading the Ethics, Logic, Poetics, Physics and Metaphysics are satisfying in their own right Aristotle s Nicomachean Ethics are probably the most insightful and useful reconstruction of human ethical life that has been written The Poetics are an exceptional source for an understanding of Greek Tragedy And the Physics Metaphysics are vital for anyone interested in the history of Religion and science, both because of his mistakes and because of the methodological insights he develops Finally, it is worth reading these works if for no other reason than the way he develops a worldview of nature and theology that is so dramatically different than our own. Much harder for me to read than Plato was Plato used a story format and addressed interesting topics whereas Aristotle often feels like he talks about semantics Both their influences have held back science, and perhaps in Aristotle s case, social progress I suppose any figure of influence will have some negative impacts when they make mistakes I m of a Platonist but I like Aristotle s objectivity, rules of logic, theories of potentiality to actuality, time as a measurement of motion, virtue ethics morality is having good character , and natural telos He focused on this world because we can observe it, though interesting still believed in an ether in the sky and had many similar ideas to Plato with out intending to I didn t read all of this collection, but focused on various significant parts as well as contributions from scholars.Favorite Quotes It is the mark of an intelligent person to entertain an idea without accepting it We are what we do repeatedly Excellence then is not a single act, but a habit The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance There is no great genius without a mixture of madness Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. The Complete Works of Aristotle, Volume 1 includes Categories, De Interpretatione, Prior Analytics, Posterior Analytics, Topics, Sophistical Refutations, Physics, On the Heavens, On Generation and Corruption, Meteorology, On the Universe, On the Soul, Sense and Sensibilia, On Memory, On Sleep, On Dreams, On Divination in Sleep, On Length and Shortness of Life, On Youth, Old Age, Life and Death, and Respiration, On Breath, History of Animals, Parts of Animals, Movement of Animals, Progression of Animals, Generation of Animals, On Colors, On things Heard, and finally Physiognomonics.Before studying Aristotle, I recommend reading or having a solid idea of the Presocratic philosophers such as Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Xenophanes, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Melissus, Pythagoras, Anaxagoras, and Empedocles Too include the philosophy of the Sophists such as Protagoras, Gorgias, Hippias, Antiphon, and Thrasymachus Finally, have read or an understanding of Plato and Socrates as Aristotle the father of reason destroys these philosopher s ideas and theories. Aristotle is one of the foundation authors on which I base my personal philosophy and he is also one of the greatest thinkers who ever lived We only have what were notes to his lectures, yet reading them I feel the power of his mind is always present The books included in this two volume set range from the foundation of thinking of logic, scientific speculation on physics, psychology and astronomy, metaphysics, and moral guidelines with the Nicomachean Ethics perhaps the acme of his philosophy I also especially enjoyed the five books on animals history, parts, movement, progression, and generation His powers of observation were unsurpassed and the connections that can be made between the concepts developed in the different books helps to develop a better understanding of his ideas I would recommend Aristotle for those interested in the foundations of philosophy along with the Dialogues of Plato. Aristotle is the master s master he is, as Dante says, the master of all who know. Aristotle is one of my right hand men I just picked up this book about a month ago I plan to read it in the near future. Decent publication for someone who would like to have an overview of Aristotle s work, but I wouldn t recommend this to a classicist or a demanding reader The translation from ancient Greek to English is not completely accurate regarding some philosophical terms, something that might be quite confusing considering Aristotle s nominalism For example, personally I found irritating author s choice to translate the ancient word cosmos to universe , especially due to the fact that the same word applies in modern English This unreasonable need of changing every single word from the original text is the main reason why this translation is a little bit far away from Aristotle s himself preferences Apart from the above, it s a good effort. I bought this in college so I could read On the Heavens, Aristotle s early attempt at a cosmology which he was to refine slightly in other books I figured I might as well get the two volume set since I was interested and had nothing better to do at the time The two books together weight about ten or fifteen pounds It should be a testament to my devotion to Aristotle that when I got all my books out of storage last weekend and had to pick which ones to load in my massive backpack so as not to go over US Airways fascistic luggage weight allowance, I picked these as well as Gotham and a bunch of others I don t want to rate this because I haven t slogged through, for example, all of the Logic Categories and its kin put me to sleep , but it s hard not to be completely bowled over by the sheer observatory power that must have been involved in collecting this much knowledge in one place Why would you ever think to It s hard to fathom Aristotle sometimes.Anyway, I appreciate the perspective in Nicomachean Ethics much than anything Plato ever wrote even though I m fond of Timaeus and Gorgias, and the skeptical spirit that infuses Aristotle plus his assumption that reality, physis, is infinitely granular is worth taking in and then emulating. Rating D OK, I ll confess I m not an Aristotle fan I chose to read Nicomachean Ethics , Politics and Poetics because it was on The New Lifetime Reading Plan by Clifton Fadiman Obviously, around 350 B.C., basic concepts regarding alternative governments and their variations had not been thought through too well Aristotle does a great job of reasoning through all of the good and bad points in a logical progression He does the same with what makes a person Happy and the good, bad and ugly of tragedy vs epic poetry The granularity is excruciating and I found myself reading words just to read words.Learned some things in Ethics about his view on temperaments Loved what he says in Politics, Book VII, Part 13 This makes men fancy that external goods are the cause of happiness, yet we might as well say that a brilliant performance on the lyre was to be attributed to the instrument and not to the skill of the performer His comments on poets Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and their works shed a contemporary critic.The New Lifetime Reading Plan Number 13 I will not be giving a philosophical review of the writings of Aristotle for want of a focused topic However, it is my belief that an understanding of Aristotle is fundamental to an understanding of our circumstances he should, must be read The scholar who wishes to make use of an index would do well to consult Bonitz s Index Aristotelicus Greek or Organ s Index to Aristotle English 2467 V2 for reasons indicated by the editor Jonathan Barnes and my own experiece using the provided index.

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  • The Complete Works of Aristotle 1: Revised Oxford Translation
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  • 14 January 2017
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