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Aristotle: A Very Short Introduction (1982)

by Jonathan Barnes, Jonathan Barnes

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A good overview of Aristotle's work. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Mar 11, 2018 |
This book is just as it says "A very short introduction". A fantastic summary on Aristotle's life and his views in different sectors of knowledge and philosophy. If you already familiar with ancient philosophy then this is a must read, it is quick and easy and full of great information, it is not a book I would recommend if you are not already familiar with philosophy and are a beginner, but worth having in your collection for the time that you advance a little in your philosophic studies. ( )
  JCNeuman | Nov 4, 2017 |
For The Love of Knowledge
This volume of the Very Short Introduction series, written by an Aristotle's scholar, provides a good overview of his works and describes the position he has in the history of philosophy. Jonathan Barnes exposed the main concepts of Aristotle's thought and his most importants works. Some interpretations of Aristotle's assertions are rebutted in favor of rival conceptions. The author himself gave his understandings about Aristotle's works. Reading this small book, one has a pretty decent view about aristotelian thought and can, if wanted, submerges in his philosophy. ( )
  MarcusBastos | Jun 14, 2015 |
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 context.
  Priory | Oct 25, 2013 |
In his short chapters, author Jonathan Barnes describes Aristotle’s life and times in the 300s BCE. He does a wonderful job capturing how Aristotle’s development of thought was innovative for his time. Reading his works might reveal glaring errors (one that Mr Barnes pointed out made me laugh: Aristotle thought fire was an element from the moon) but Aristotle was doing the best thinking he could for his era, and in fact must have been a genius to be able to become so expert on everything from zoology to logic, philosophy, social culture, and literature (the Greek plays). If he wasn’t an expert, he certainly applied himself to every subject in depth.

Some of the chapters on logic and basic philosophy were confusing to me, since the subjects are new to me, so I was grateful for the short chapters. Careful reading made them very accessible, and I don’t think any readers should be concerned about the ability to follow Mr Barnes’ discussions.
  rebeccareid | Jul 19, 2011 |
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Barnes, Jonathanmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Leeuw, Willemien deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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 context.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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Examines Aristotle's scientific researches, his discoveries in logic and his metaphysical theories, his work in psychology and in ethics and politics, placing his teachings in their historical context.

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