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Aristotle's Physics: A Guided Study

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  64 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This is a new translation, with introduction, commentary, and an explanatory glossary.

"Sachs's translation and commentary rescue Aristotle's text from the rigid, pedantic, and misleading versions that have until now obscured his thought. Thanks to Sachs's superb guidance, the Physics comes alive as a profound dialectical inquiry whose insights into the enduring questions a
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Paperback, 278 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Rutgers University Press
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Benjamin Winter
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
This translation, while novel, is terribly stilted. Although it claims to be avoided archaism, it branches off too far from the intellectual tradition within which Aristotle has been received. The author has thus made the text all the more confusing, utilizing phrases such as: "But the being-at-work-staying-itself of what is potentially, whenever, being fully at work, it is at work not as itself but just as movable, is motion." (74) I could give many other examples. In all, I left this work feel ...more
Trey Kennedy
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. It’s got the prime mover and everything. Plus much of it has been vindicated by Quantum Physics.
Jerzy
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Haven't read the whole thing, just intro and commentaries. But I like his explanation for this non-standard translation: He's trying to bring the reader closer to Aristotle's work *itself*, not necessarily to the centuries of commentary and scholarship *about* this work.

Nice section of the intro, contrasting Aristotle's view of physics with the modern worldview:
* p.15: "The glory of the new physics is the power it gains from mathematics. The world that is present to the senses is set aside as 's
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Andy
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Joe Sachs' Aristotle is a joy to read. He brings across a simplicity, a humor and a humanity that is missing in other translations. Sachs helps you befriend Aristotle while other translator's simply help you judge him.

One of the persistent themes of this book is that nature must be taken as a whole and cannot be understood through the abstractions of the mathematical imagination. Ancient as it is, Aristotle's Physics is timely and even prescient for us today. There is no book we need more desper
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Luisa
Sep 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: philosophy
Simply the greatest translation to date of Aristotle's most important work. Anything less is not worth the paper it is printed on.
Michael Fogleman
Mar 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fairly expensive ($30) and the line numbers are annoyingly in the middle of the page, but Sachs' translations are worth the hassle.
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