Aristotle (Very Short Introductions)
The influence of Aristotle, the prince of philosophers, on the intellectual history of the West is second to none. In this book, Jonathan Barnes examines Aristotle's scientific researches, his discoveries in logic and his metaphysical theories, his work in psychology and in ethics and politics, and his ideas about art and poetry, placing his teachings in their historical c...more
On Approaching Aristotle
I enjoyed this VSI. What was most valuable was that it gave me a good frame of reference to tackle Aristotle — by letting me prepare for Aristotle in relation to Plato. Of course, Jonathan Barnesmostly assumes that the the reader has already taken the trouble to read Plato. That is the trouble with inviting such a distinguished scholar to write a basic introduction.
This was just what I needed as I prepare to take my first tentative steps towards a fuller reading of Arist...more
The first couple of chapters provide useful context by detailing the main stages of Aristotle's life and t...more
As the author (a leading translator of Aristotle's works) reminds us, Aristotle "bestrode antiquity like an intellectual colossus." No one in history contributed as much to as many different fields, from logic and biology to literary theory and ethics. So Aristotle's work is well worth studying, and this book serves as a useful preface to that wor...more
Despite the fact that I technically have BA in Philosophy (Concentrating in Religious Studies), I find Philosophy to be incredibly challenging.
I actually picked this up when some friends were discussing Summa Theologica by Aquinas, Saint Thomas. One friend suggested reading up on Aristotle before tackling Summa Theologica and so I went ahead and got this recommended book.
There was a lot to digest in this book and reading slowly was all I could do. The chapter on the structure of the sci...more
On the other hand, Barnes does come across as somewhat defensive at times, not unjustly. Aristotle made mistakes, of course, like the next man, and it is no blame to him that these mistakes were then set in stone for so many years, such tha...more