"Aristotle and His Philosophy "shows him at work in asking and answering questions. Abraham Edel fashions a sound comparative way of using current analysis to deepen our understanding of Aristotle rather than argue with or simply appropriate him. Edel examines how Aristotle's basic ideas operated in his scientific and humanistic works, what they enabled him to do, what they kept him from doing, and what in turn we can learn from his philosophical experimentation.
The purpose of this volume is twofold: to provide a comprehensive introduction to Aristotle's thought, and to throw fresh light on its patterned and systematic character. First, tracing the pattern in Aristotle's metaphysical and physical writings, he then explores the psychology, epistemology, ethics and politics, rhetoric and poetics. In the process, Edel discusses the way interpretations of Aristotle are built up and how different philosophical outlooks--Catholic, Hegelian, Marxian, linguistic, naturalistic, and pragmatic--have affected the reading of Aristotelian texts and ideas.
The new introduction probes the general problem of interpreting a philosophy, and suggests how working through the different interpretations can contribute to a fuller understanding. This methodological self-consciousness makes "Aristotle and His Philosophy "markedly different from other studies of Aristotle. Martha C. Nussbaum of Brown University has described Edel as having "philosophical sensitivity and good sense throughout. His scholarship is comprehensive, but handled with grace and clarity."
From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Oxford Translation of Aristotle was originally published in twelve volumes between 1912 and 1954. The 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of the original translation, slightly emended in light of recent scholarship; three of the original versions have been replaced by new translations; and a new and enlarged selection of fragments has been added.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.
Publishing Co., 1995), this anthology will be most useful to
instructors who must try to do justice to Aristotle in a semester-long
ancient-philosophy survey, but it will also be appropriate for a variety
of introductory-level courses. Introductory Readings provides accurate,
readable, and integrated translations that allow the reader to follow
Aristotle's use of crucial technical terms and to grasp the details of
his argument. Included are adaptations of the glossary and notes that
helped make its parent volume a singularly useful aid to the study of