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Metaphysics Theta: Translated with an Introduction & Commentary

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  7,726 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Makin presents a clear and accurate new translation of an influential and much-discussed part of Aristotle's philosophicla system, accompanied by an analytical and critical commentary focusing on philosophical issues.
Paperback, 332 pages
Published November 9th 2006 by Clarendon/Oxford University Press, USA (first published -330)
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Nina
"When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics."
-Voltaire
AC
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
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Riku Sayuj

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
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Yann
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
Jesse
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
Rlotz
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
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Erik Graff
Oct 04, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: philosophers
Recommended to Erik by: Peter Maxwell
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
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Bilgehan
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
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
Sarah
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
Jesse
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.
Alex Kartelias
This not being an actual work of Aristotle- none of his actual work survives- I can't be too critical nor too impressed. However, the essence of Aristotle as a original, scientific philosopher is defintely reaveled in this work. It was helpful to get a quick history of the pre- socratics and their opinion on how the world works and the nature of realiy. What is the crux of his evualation is his attack on his teacher, Plato and how his Ideas fall apart as a very poetic elaboration, whose Forms go ...more
Samrat Singh
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.
Ryan
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."
Kevin
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.
Kevin K
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
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john
The translation is great, and needed. But if I'd lived with Plato for a solid 20 years, would (even) I have written something better than the Metaphysics? I believe so, yes.
Michael Pugh
I try not to go on about it because it's a condition that I have, it's not the condition that has me (if that's not a silly way of putting it) but I have a brain injury from a car accident. Because of that, I don't do well with things that aren't said or written clearly. I was reading this book for an essay that I'm working on (I have no idea when that will be finished, but certainly a knowledge of Aritstotle might have helped me) but I have had to check out of it in book Alpha Five. This is the ...more
Alan Johnson
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
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Matt
Metaphysics, true to its name, studies the essence of being. The study of “being qua being” seems to be the phrase of choice. Much of the book appears to be an extension of ideas originally brought forth in Categories. Essentially, Aristotle attempts to define the essence of a thing. What makes each thing…“be.”

Not surprisingly, Aristotle spends considerable time with definitions. He reacts to his predecessors, contemporaries and the absurdities in the sophist tradition.
And definition arises out
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Joseph Sverker
The first thing I must confess is that I read this book far to sketchy. This is not even a book that is possible to read in a skimming manner, because then you will miss the very intricate argument, which is exactly what I did. But my reason for reading it was actually just to have a sense of what it is about and that I got. I was interested in his thoughts on the First philosophy on, even though I didn't quite follow it, the idea of the monads, the first cause. A further thing that I am glad th ...more
Malcolmaffleck
Given that Ibn-Sina - one of the great Islamic Philosophers - once claimed to have read the Metaphysics 40 times and not understood it, I think I'm in pretty good company having read it once and only understood fleeting parts of it. I don't think that's a problem with Artistotle's ideas, just that this isn't a book that Aristotle would have written, more a collection of his teachings or lecture notes that were jumbled together from different periods of Aristotle's life into one collection.

Howeve
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A.J.
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
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Susi
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
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JP
Again, he starts each section with a review of the extant literature. I found his commentary on Thales interesting, the latter having said that water was the fundamental element, being found even in seeds. He most frequently references Anaxagous. In every instance, he gets to the cause and then brings in the early bases of logic to make his point. He again goes straight for the reality of any concept, criticizing the Pythagoreans who found mathematics in everything and made numbers the basis of ...more
Brian Schiebout
Metaphysics written by Aristotle and translated into English by W. D. Ross is a basic study of the first philosophy by the ancient philosopher. This book deals with the topics which Aristotle believes lie beyond the realms of physics by which he means the fundamental cause of everything. He begins this by showing the difficulties inherent in such a study by showing the issues that come about from other attempts to explain the first causes. As such this book is the greatest counterargument to tho ...more
Fernando Álvarez
Siempre será complejo entender las cuestiones del ser en tanto que ser. La metafísica es la ciencia que se ocupa de esto y Aristóteles nos ilustra en su obra magna "Metafísica". Aristóteles fue discípulo de Platón, y este último de Sócrates.

Esta obra se comprende por once libros concernientes a las razones del ser y lo que emana de él. Aristóteles van tan lejos hasta contradecir a su mentor, Platón, quien creía que todas las cosas provienen de sus contrarios. Aristóteles se pregunta: ¿cómo las
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Zach
a few thoughts i wrote out about this book:

Prime Mover, Paragon of Thinkers

The prime mover is as such, we learn in Metaphysics, because its thoughts are the cause of motion in all that is beautiful (1072a.26-29) and are thoughts of itself, for “its thinking is a thinking of thinking” (1074b.35). And this beautiful, it is noted, is in the highest, most complete sense imaginable, which seems to express that all that is whole and complete in the universe, all that is as it is, is because of the th
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Rizal Nova Mujahid
Ternyata setelah selesai dibaca, tak seseram yang kukira. Tentu terlalu sombong jika dikata memahami semua isinya. Tapi, kira-kira inilah yang kutangkap dari Metaphysics

Setiap manusia pada kodratnya menghasrati pengetahuan dan kebijakan. Untuk itu pengembaraan ilmu haruslah tanpa pamrih.

Metaphysics, terdiri dari empat belas buku. Buku pertama sampai buku tiga diisi dengan ringkasan pemikiran filsafat pada masa sebelum Aristoteles. Dia menjelaskan tentang kebijakan dimulai dengan persepsi inderaw
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Jacob Basque
SPANISH / ESPAÑOL

Quizás no soy la mejor persona para describir este libro. No puedo decir que no me guste, pero la verdad es que logré sacar muy pocas cosas de él, tal vez sea por mi falta de comprensión lectora o puede ser tal vez mi voluntad de querer leer filosofía avanzada y no estar del todo listo. Cualquiera sea la razón del porque me pareció muy difícil de entender el texto, me pareció que no fue un mal libro ni una perdida de tiempo. Leí mucho y me quedé con un poco.

ENGLISH / INGLÉS

Maybe
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