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Written by renowned Aristotle scholar Sir David Ross, this study has long been established as one of the foremost surveys of Aristotle's life, work and philosophy. With John L. Ackrill's introduction and updated bibliography, created for the sixth edition, the book continues to serve as a standard guide, both for the student of ancient history and the general reader.
Paperback, Sixth Edition, 336 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Routledge
(first published 1923)
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Aside from some of the more standard anachronistic interpretations that you find in this period of Aristotle scholarship, Ross' work is terrifically comprehensive. Specifically his treatment of the "organon" as well as Aristotle's metaphysics were both very clear and helpful guides. His treatment of the poetics and rhetoric was typically banal, and the anachronistic reading of parts of the psychology was frustrating. That said, the only other synoptic work on Aristotle that I think even approach ...more
Sir William David Ross KBE, frequently published as W.D. Ross, was a philosopher, principally of ethics. He was White's Professor of Moral Philosophy (1923–1928), Provost of Oriel College, Oxford (1929–1947), Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1941–1944) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (1944–1947). He was president of the Aristotelian Society (1939–1940), and was elected a Fellow of the British ...moreMore about William David Ross...