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by Hugh Tredennick,Aristotle

Aristotle, great Greek philosopher, researcher, reasoner, and writer, born at Stagirus in 384 BCE, was the son of Nicomachus, a physician, and Phaestis. He studied under Plato at Athens and taught there (367–47); subsequently he spent three years at the court of a former pupil, Hermeias, in Asia Minor and at this time married Pythias, one of Hermeias’s relations. After some time at Mitylene, in 343–2 he was appointed by King Philip of Macedon to be tutor of his teen-aged son Alexander. After Philip’s death in 336, Aristotle became head of his own school (of “Peripatetics”), the Lyceum at Athens. Because of anti-Macedonian feeling there after Alexander’s death in 323, he withdrew to Chalcis in Euboea, where he died in 322.Nearly all the works Aristotle prepared for publication are lost; the priceless ones extant are lecture-materials, notes, and memoranda (some are spurious). They can be categorized as follows:I. Practical: Nicomachean Ethics; Great Ethics (Magna Moralia); Eudemian Ethics; Politics; Oeconomica (on the good of the family); Virtues and Vices.II. Logical: Categories; On Interpretation; Analytics (Prior and Posterior); On Sophistical Refutations; Topica.III. Physical: Twenty-six works (some suspect) including astronomy, generation and destruction, the senses, memory, sleep, dreams, life, facts about animals, etc.IV. Metaphysics: on being as being.V. On Art: Art of Rhetoric and Poetics.VI. Other works including the Athenian Constitution; more works also of doubtful authorship.VII. Fragments of various works such as dialogues on philosophy and literature; and of treatises on rhetoric, politics and metaphysics.The Loeb Classical Library® edition of Aristotle is in twenty-three volumes.

Download Aristotle: Metaphysics, Books I-IX (Loeb Classical Library No. 271) epub
ISBN: 0674992997
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Hugh Tredennick,Aristotle
Language: English
Publisher: Harvard University Press (January 1, 1933)
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This set of animal books is hilarious. I bought it for my husband because we both work in a bookstore and had never known Aristotle wrote an animal book. I thought it was a novel idea and thought it would be interesting reading. It is just hilarious. We have a weird sense of humor though. We will sit there and read it out loud to each other and crack up. It's not meant to be funny, of course. Maybe it's the wording or the translation or weird ideas/incorrect science, but it's pretty funny. Not really useful as a scientific study. More for historical sake. Did you know, for example, dogs suffer from three diseases? They are rabies, dog strangles and foot ill. Yes, this is the kind of thing you will learn from Aristotle's animal books.
Brick my own
As for the Greek, Aristotle is The Philosopher; the translation is typical of the Loeb series; reliable if not particularly brilliant. However, it is inexcusable to not fully include the universally employed Bekker line numbers in the margins; this makes finding texts difficult. Rather, the text provides non-universal paragraph divisions. Hopefully Loeb will rectify this in future printings.
For some reason, the sleeve was a bit damaged. but other then that, the content of this book is marvelous! with side by side translation from origional writings, and simplified short summaries or notes.

Definitely a worthy book in anyones library.
Essential reading I would say for evryone who wants to get a rough idea of what Aristotle was all about, and what his main areas of study and influence were. The section on practical philosophy should be "essential reading" fo any new politician - since it raises questions like "who is the government for" - and what do we want the government to be doing on our behalf. This book was an invaluable resource for my own talks and essays on Aristotle.
For readers who may be unfamiliar with the English edition of the Leob Classical Library, only the Introduction, footnotes, Arguments and comments in the volume "On the Heavens" are in English. Beginning on page 4 and continuing to the end of the volume the language used by the original author - in this case, Greek - is located on the left-hand page and professor Guthrie's superb translation in English is located on the right-hand page. The Greek-English comparison is enlightening.

If a reader chooses to discover the fundamental Aristotelian understanding that forms the underlying foundation of his "Physics", then "On the Heavens" (De caelo) is an indispensable read.
excellent translation. The greek text next to the english text is very useful
I am not a philosopher, but I am a Classical scholar. I think that having read much of Aristotle in Greek compensates for my ignorance of the subsequent history of philosophy.
I know of no other book on Aristotle that approaches the concision, insightfulness and clarity of Randall's. (Oretga y Gasset's observation, "clarity is a form of courtesy that the philosopher owes," is at least as true of expositors of philosophy as of philosophers.)
Randall has done a great service for everyone who wants to understand the basic approach and ideas of the man who is without doubt the most influential philosopher who ever lived.
He is especially helpful in elucidating Aristotle's four aitia and explaining why the translation that is usually used for them - "causes" - is misleading. He is also correct to emphasize the fundamental difference between Aristotle's Final aition and Plato's. However, in doing so, he states (pages 228-9) that for Aristotle, the Final aition is never identical with the Efficient aition. That is incorrect. (See Aristotle's Physics 198a.)
A great companion to Aristotle's works.