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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 som ...more
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Published June 1st 1930 by Loeb Classical Library 391
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One bit of evidence that I'm a geek: I get excited that I can read Aristotle.

Back in grad school I really liked the Posterior Analytics and wanted to re-read it as part of my reading back through elements of the philosophical canon. This time I wasn't as engaged by it, presumably because it does not align as closely with my current interests as it did in grad school in the nineties. The closing pages, which discuss the limitations of scientific knowledge, are the best.

While reading, I was remin
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Posterior Analytics is Aristotle's book on inductive reasoning for logic. My copy was translated from Greek by G. R. G Mure. The book deals mostly with the question of how people learn new things. While a whole book seems like a bit of overkill for this topic I believe that Aristotle is attempting to show why all of the completing ways that people argue that people learn are incorrect. In order to due this he uses the logic which this section of his literature is based on to explain how both his ...more
Translations of Aristotle are a dime a dozen, but what makes this edition of Posterior Analytics worth having are the ~270 pages of commentary. Apostle is on of the most exacting translators of Aristotle, but not always the easiest to read. But in this logic text, clarity comes not from smooth prose, but from a solid commentary.
Worth going back to - the argumentative strategies of contemporary analytic philosophy feel a lot like the dialectics described in Topica and I still want to figure out exactly how endoxa function there and in the rest of Aristotle's work.
A handbook, not a novel. Essential to an educated community.
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(Greece: Αριστοτέλης)
(Arabic: أرسطوطاليس)

Aristotle (384–322 B.C.E.) numbers among the greatest philosophers of all time. Judged solely in terms of his philosophical influence, only Plato is his peer: Aristotle's works shaped centuries of philosophy from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance, and even today continue to be studied with keen, non-antiquarian interest. A prodigious researcher and wri
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