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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 (367-347); 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 ...more
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Published September 30th 2006 by Loeb Classical Library 255
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Joe Basile
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Definitely not a "page turner". The reading is slow going, partly because what we have of Aristotle's writings are basically lecture notes, and partly because translating from ancient Greek to modern English is inherently imprecise. But all that said it is fascinating to read the process by which Aristotle seeks to determine and describe concepts such as distance, time, change and motion purely on the basis of his own observations (unaided by instruments) and logic.
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See my review of Books 1-4. I would skip Book 7, if you're in a hurry. Have the Oxford translation alongside you. In some ways, in terms of understanding Aristotle's mind, the best foundation.
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Aristotle (384–322 B.C.) 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
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