The Complete Works of Aristotle 1: Revised Oxford

The Complete Works of Aristotle 1: Revised Oxford Translation The Oxford Translation of Aristotle was originally published involumes betweenamp;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of the original translation, slightly emended in light of recent scholarship; three of the original versions have been replaced by new translations; and a new and enlarged selection of Fragments has been added The aim of the translation remains the same: to make the surviving works of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 Rating: DOK, 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 acontemporary critic.The New Lifetime Reading Plan: Number 13 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 addressedinteresting topics whereas Aristotle often feels like he talksabout semantics Both their influences have held back science, and perhaps in Aristotle's case, social progress Paradoxically, he also effectively started science I suppose any figure of influence will have some negative impacts when they make mistakes I'mof 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.

  • Hardcover
  • 1757 pages
  • The Complete Works of Aristotle 1: Revised Oxford Translation
  • Aristotle
  • English
  • 22 February 2017
  • 9780691099507

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