Aristotle the Philosopher

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Aristotle is widely regarded as the greatest of all philosophers; indeed,he is traditionally referred to simply as `the philosopher'. Today, after morethan two millennia, his arguments and ideas continue to stimulate philosophersand provoke them to controversy. In this book J.L. Ackrill conveys the forceand excitement of Aristotle's philosophical investigations, thereby showing whycontemporary philosophers still draw from him and return to him. He quotesextensively from Aristotle's works in his own notably clear English translation,and a picture emerges of a lucid, lively, subtle and tough-minded thinker ofastonishing range and penetration. Professor Ackrill identifies many strikingconnections between Aristotle's ideas and ideas in recent philosophy; he alsoraises philosophical questions of his own, and exemplifies the way in whichAristotle can still be argued with and learned from.

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An overview of the philosophical writings of Aristotle. Ackrill encourages the reader to view the development of Aristotle's hypotheses without the prejudice of subsequent philosophical and scientific developments. Some of this book was quite interesting, but much of it was very dry. Read full review


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J. L. Ackrill is at Brasenose College, Oxford.

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