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La Metaphysique

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Metaphysics (Greek: τὰ μετὰ τὰ φυσικά) is one of the principal works of Aristotle & the first major work of the branch of philosophy with the same name. The principal subject is "being qua being", or being understood as being. It examines what can be asserted about anything that exists just because of its existence & not because of any special qualities it has. Als ...more
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Published February 6th 2003 by Pocket (first published -330)
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Ian I don't know, but I've had a hell of a time trying to find a 'good' translation. Settled for one online by the University of Adelaide (…moreI don't know, but I've had a hell of a time trying to find a 'good' translation. Settled for one online by the University of Adelaide ( It's ok. I'm wishing I'd at least bought the Complete Works Volume, with it, at least that's the well established version.

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Nina Misson
"When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics."
Riku Sayuj
May 07, 2014 Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Riku by: AC

The Plan

I had been able to bring together my notes/thoughts for the earlier parts of this reading. Those can be found here:

Book 1: A Preliminary Outline of Philosophy

Book 2: An Introduction to Philosophical Problems

Book 3: The Basic Instruments Of Philosophy

From Book 4 onwards, it becomes slightly harder to talk about the books in isolation. Also, A became easier to follow - so I stopped using so many supplementary resources. I will try to put up a review here incorporating my reading notes, a
Alan Johnson
Mar 18, 2014 Alan Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophers
This translation of Aristotle's Metaphysics by Hippocrates G. Apostle is apparently now out of print. When I read it in 1969, I was impressed with the accuracy of the translation as well as with Hippocrates Apostle's Glossary and editorial commentary. Equally serviceable translations are doubtlessly available today, though I have not consulted them.

The term "metaphysics" should not mislead the twenty-first-century reader. Unlike Plato, Aristotle exhibited no trace of mysticism in his surviving w
Dec 11, 2012 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is the being of that thing which underlies any phenomenon? The central question of metaphysics is an intriguing one, and it must be said for the benefit of all the atheists on here who might think that this is a religious question, it is a perfectly scientific query, for it is in fact the question of, how can we say a person is the same person even though all of her organs have been shed and renewed, or, in the case of an artefact, how is a house the same house after it has been renovated? ...more
May 07, 2014 AC rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An awful text -- use Ross' Greek text.

The story goes thus: Jaeger was working on a text of the Metaphysics, when W.D. Ross published (with Oxford) his magnificent two-volume text with commentary in 1924. Of course, Jaeger, who had already done a lot of work, had to scrap his project. He did, however, then publish two long articles (in German) on the text and manuscripts of the Metaphysics, discussing various textual crux' in a series of lemmata. These are reprinted in his Scripta Minora. They ar
Dean Cummings
Considered by many academics to be the most challenging work throughout all of literature, Aristotle's "Metaphysics" is more than just fancy words and non-sensical theorems. It deals with the most important theme possible: being/existence - both generally and specifically. For the Greek philosopher, nothing takes precedence over being because without being, there would be nothing. In other words, Aristotle deals with First Principles of knowledge by determining what composes the fabrics of our v ...more
Oct 12, 2008 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Don't even think you can understand this by reading it on your own. Perhaps the greatest work in philosophy of all-time.
Aug 21, 2014 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The word metaphysics, when heard by most people, is apt to raise a smile of the sort reserved for innocent souls who are harmlessly deluded." So begins Joe Sachs, by way of introduction to his translation. Aristotle is not for "most people," it's true, but Sachs' translation makes it a little easier for the remainder to rest confidently in harmless delusion.

Many years ago I struggled through Hippocrates Apostle's translations of Aristotle and the frustration I experienced can be exemplified in
Jul 20, 2011 Yann rated it it was ok
J'étais très curieux de lire ce petit livre, sur lequels se penchèrent des commentateurs célèbres, comme Maïmonides, Averroes, ou encore Thomas d'Aquin. J'ai vite compris pourquoi des hommes prétendant trouver leur chemin dans le labyrinthe de la Métaphysique ont pu en imposer à leur semblables, tant le brouillard qui enveloppe les idées exposées dans l'ouvrage est épais. Cette épaisseur tranche d'ailleurs avec la clarté d'autres ouvrages d'Aristote, comme la Poétique ou la Rhétorique. On pourra ...more
Roy Lotz
I have very mixed feelings about Aristotle.

On the one hand, he's so tedious and uninspiring. This is only partially his fault: everything we have of his are lecture notes, and so it is no surprise that they are stylistically wanting. Many scholars think that Metaphysics contains many sections written at different times and for different purposes, which Aristotle never intended to be read together. There is even one section which may not have been written by him at all. This makes his work (parti
Kyle van Oosterum
Oh my god, finally.

It is extremely difficult to review this book because on the one hand, Aristotle pioneered a branch of philosophy which is still discussed today and on the other hand, he basically jumpstarted the dark ages in philosophical thought. It wasn't until the Enlightenment, more than 2000 years later that Aristotle's philosophy became a little bit less relevant.

Still, in terms of 'logical hygiene' Aristotle does quite well. In terms of writing style, it leaves much to be desired. A
Zaman Ali
Mar 04, 2017 Zaman Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, ethics
One of the best book from Aristotle collection that has still no match in term of wonderful knowledge, which he gave to all of us and this is the knowledge that has remarkable impact in all world through philosophy, sciences, social sciences. And with this book in metaphysics as he mentions about the forms of objects that are movable and non-movable and their form and more importantly the cause of things which are first cause and other cause and thing comes to being and which kind of things are ...more
May 03, 2016 Gary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I want to thank LibriVox for making this book freely available in an audio edition.

This is the only 3 star book where I would recommend it to everyone. My start of reading primary philosophy started with Heidegger, that led me to Hegel and then Kant. There's no doubt I should have suffered through this book first, because those authors rely on Aristotle in many ways and not just to tear him apart but to add to how Aristotle approached the topic of metaphysics.

I've learned to no longer t
Feb 29, 2012 Bilgehan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aristoteles, metafiziği "varlık olması bakımından varlığın bilimi" olarak tanımlar. Metafizik 14 kitaptan oluşuyor ve her kitapta farklı konular ele alınıyor. Birinci kitap önsöz niteliğindedir. Platon ve öncesindeki filozofların görüşlerine kısaca yer verilir. İkinci kitapta felsefe üzerine genel düşünceler vardır. Üçüncü kitapta metafiziğin 14 ana problemi sıralanır. Dördüncü kitapta metafiziğin tanımı yapılır ve amacı açıklanır. Protogorasın görelilik görüşü eleştirilir. Beşinci kitapta Arist ...more
Erik Graff
Dec 05, 2010 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: philosophers
Recommended to Erik by: Leo Sweeny
Shelves: philosophy
Hippocrates G. Apostle, the translator of this text, taught at Grinnell while I attended college there and some of my friends worked with him. Other than teaching, he and his wife also maintained a Personal column in the town newspaper, a column with notices such as the following: "M.E. Nalus reports the return of wife, Helen, from Turkish tour." I, having insufficient Greek, never more than glancingly met the fellow.

Aristotle's Metaphysics is of uncertain origin. We don't know when it was writt
Aug 16, 2012 Susi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Filosofia Primeira ou a existência das coisas.
3 princípios aristotélicos:identidade, não-contradição e terceiro excluído. Os princípios lógicos são ontológicos porque definem as condições sem as quais um ser não pode existir nem ser pensado; os primeiros princípios garantem, simultaneamente, a realidade e a racionalidade das coisas;

Pela causa das coisas podemos constatar a existência,sendo estas 4,em Aristóteles:material,motora e final.A teoria aristotélica sobre as causas estende-se sobre tod
May 23, 2010 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly lucid text, though admittedly a brain-twister, Aristotle here examines First Philosophy and finds Plato's Forms wholly deficient of a real existence. He concludes that there is a prime mover, and refutes the sophistic reasoning of almost all of his contemporaries. Aristotle leaves metaphysics an open issue, generally, perhaps recalling, despite, no doubt, being an atheist, that to deny metaphysics is just as arrogant as to detail it. Read after his Organon.
Samrat Singh
Jul 19, 2013 Samrat Singh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We all would indefinitely want to walk the distance through space and time. While this walk, the world happens same to those who have stopped walking or those who have finished the walk. After this, there is no space and no time. Just the essence of it. In truth, we can never kill a thought of being present, we can only kill man's pretense at revealing a thought to himself.
Jul 27, 2007 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, classics
I went to school where Joe Sachs teaches, and his translations are excellently faithful, even if that does mean a little initial adjustment on the part of the reader; compound Greek words are often translated as hyphenated English phrases, ie, "entelecheia" is "being-at-work-staying-itself," if I recall.
Cain S. Pinto
Sep 05, 2014 Cain S. Pinto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much more difficult than Hegel, really.
Jan 05, 2014 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You have to love the old unmoved mover. "It's like a Coke machine. It doesn't move, but it causes you to move toward it because you want a Coke."
Arkar Kyaw
May 04, 2014 Arkar Kyaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Lunch is God and I am the universe."
Margad Esme
Mar 01, 2012 Margad Esme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kevin K
Apr 29, 2014 Kevin K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Metaphysics itself is one of the timeless classics of Western philosophy. It certainly rates five stars and needs no introduction from me.

This review only pertains to the Penguin edition of the Metaphysics translated by Hugh Lawson-Tancred. The edition rates one star. Generally I trust the quality of Penguin books, but this particular translation is shockingly bad. Almost comically so at times.

First, Lawson-Tancred has an irritating tendency of peppering his writing with inappropriate words
Nov 18, 2013 A.J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the English-speaking world, philosophy went through a ‘linguistic turn’ at the beginning of the 20th century, where it became concerned with the senses of language with a special emphasis on adjudicating and producing linguistic clarity. But these advances, as Anthony Kenny has noted, were anticipated by the Medievals, who, even in the popular caricature, exerted immense intellectual effort in creating distinctions, understanding reason, and studying the processes of logic.

The medieval preoc
Aristotle is painfully pedantic. It was very hard to keep my mind focused on the endless digressions he took in order to refute other philosophers in mind numbing detail. He spent very little time actually laying out his own system in much needed detail. Specifics on his own system were lacking in this work. One element that was noticeably absent was his approach to time. If time is uncreated, then his first mover is in a dualistic relationship with time; if it is created, then he faces the cons ...more
"For those who wish to make good progress must start well; for subsequent progress depends on the resolution of the first puzzles, and one cannot solve these without knowing the difficulty and the confusion of our minds. So we must first set out all the difficulties, both for these reasons and also because those who inquire without first setting out the difficulties are like those who do not know in which direction they should walk, and in addition do not even know whether they would recognize t ...more
Oct 15, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is, of course, one of the foundational texts of western philosophical thought. It contains many fundamental doctrines and questions/explorations (including the inaugural presentation of the Law of Non-Contradiction). However, the translation was pretty painful, and for more complex, mind-bending investigations, there are many other volumes that get much more of a rise out of me. This is kind of like if you need to brush up on your Calculus and you start by going all the way back to multipic ...more
Reinhard Gobrecht
Ein ganz großes Buch des Aristoteles. Hier versucht Aristoteles 'Seinsgesetze' zu beschreiben. Ein Thema sind z. B. die Modalitäten Möglichkeit (Vermögen), Wirklichkeit und Notwendigkeit. Auch über die verschiedenen Ursachenformen findet man interessante Abhandlungen (Stoff, Form, Wirkung, Zweck).
Das Prinzip vom ausgeschlossenen Widerspruch, das Prinzip vom ausgeschlossenen Dritten, das Bivalenzprinzip und das Prinzip der Identität werden in diesem Buch behandelt. Logische aber auch ontologische
Jul 07, 2007 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophical
While the translation is a bit awkward, I felt like I had found some rare, precious jewel in this book. It was my first philosophical read of metaphysics (which is appropriate considering that Aristotle's was the first work we know of). In addition to the discussions of metaphysics (which greatly appealed to me), it was also the order and process of thought on the topic that I found delightful and exhilarating.
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