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Aristotle
Aristotle
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Otfried Höffe - Author
Christine Salazar - Translator
SUNY series in Ancient Greek Philosophy
Price: $57.50 
Hardcover - 252 pages
Release Date: March 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5633-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5633-0

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Release Date: March 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5634-X
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5634-7

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A comprehensive introduction to the life and work of Aristotle.

Aristotle belongs to the small class of philosophers who were not only influential in a particular field of philosophy but also shaped the profile of every philosophical discipline. In this book Otfried Höffe provides a comprehensive introduction to the life and work of Aristotle, covering well-known Aristotelian topics such as ethics, politics, and metaphysics as well as the less familiar, such as biology, psychology, and rhetoric. Höffe also compares Aristotle to other major figures in the history of European (especially German) philosophy, making connections to Kant and Hegel that are particularly insightful. A picture of Aristotle emerges as a philosopher who is much more modern than previously thought, one whose writings are still relevant today and continue to make valuable contributions to many contemporary philosophical debates.

“…an extremely interesting book.” — Ancient Philosophy

"Höffe shows how much one can still learn from the 'master of those who know' … The best comprehensive presentation of Aristotle that is available." — Rafael Ferber, in Neue Zürcher Zeitung, in praise of the German edition

"Höffe wants his book to be 'an introduction covering all parts of Aristotle's philosophy and making a plea for it.' One can confirm that his attempt is a brilliant success." — Klaus Oehler, in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, in praise of the German edition

Otfried Höffe is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Tübingen and the author of many books, including Immanuel Kant, also published by SUNY Press.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Abbreviations and Method of Citation

Preface

PART I: "THE PHILOSOPHER"?

1. The Man and His Work

1.1 The Man
1.2 The Work

2. Researcher, Scholar, and Philosopher

PART II: KNOWLEDGE AND SCIENCE

3. The Phenomenology of Knowledge

3.1 Propaedeutic?
3.2 An Epistemic Hierarchy
3.3 Freedom and Self-realization

4. Forms of Rationality

4.1 Syllogistics
4.2 Dialectic (Topics)
4.3 Rhetoric
4.4 Poetics: Tragedy

5. Proofs and Principles

5.1 A Critique of Demonstrative Reason
5.2 Axioms and Other Principles
5.3 Induction and Mind

6. Four Methodical Maxims

6.1 Establishing the Phenomena
6.2 Doctrines
6.3 Difficulties
6.4 Linguistic Analysis

PART III: PHYSICS AND METAPHYSICS

7. Natural Philosophy

7.1 Aristotelian Natural Science
7.2 Motion
7.3 The Four Causes
7.4 Continuum, the Infinite, Place, and Time

8. Biology and Psychology

8.1 Aristotle the Zoologist
8.2 Teleonomy: Organisms, Procreation, and Heredity
8.3 The Soul

9. First Philosophy, or Metaphysics

10. Cosmology and Theology

10.1 Meta-physics
10.2 The Cosmological Concept of God
10.3 An Ethical Concept of God?

11. Ontology and Language

11.1 Categories
11.2 Substance
11.3 Aristotle’s Critique of Plato's Ideas
11.4 On Language

PART IV: ETHICS AND POLITICS

12. Practical Philosophy

12.1 The Autonomy of Ethics
12.2 The Goal Is Action
12.3 Outline Knowledge

13. Theory of Action

13.1 The Basic Concept of Desire
13.2 Decision and Power of Judgment
13.3 Weakness of the Will
13.4 Does Aristotle Know the Concept of Will?

14. The Good Life

14.1 The Principle of Happiness
14.2 The Virtues of Character
14.3 Justice, Natural Law, and Equity
14.4 Theoretical or Political Existence?

15. Political Anthropology

15.1 The Relevance of the Politics
15.2 "Political by Nature"
15.3 Friendship and Other Prerequisites

16. Political Justice

16.1 Elementary Inequalities
16.2 Rule of the Free over the Free
16.3 Democracy or Polity?

PART V: The RECEPTION

17. Antiquity and the Middle Ages

17.1 Antiquity
17.2 Christianity, Islam, and Judaism
17.3 The Great Aristotelian Renaissance

18. The Modern Age and the Present

18.1 Detachment and Renewed Interest
18.2 Aristotle Research and Neo-Aristotelianisms

Chronology

Bibliography

Index of Personal Names

General Index



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