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Few philosophers have so extensively influenced thought and language as Aristotle. His conception of the universe pervades Christian theology. Knowledge of his thought is necessary to understand Bacon, Galileo and the modern scientific view of nature, as well as Dante and many passages from Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton. Many phrases such as "liberal education" and "theory" contrasted with "practice" originated with this student of Plato and tutor of Alexander the Great.
Writing to inform the beginner and stimulate the expert, eminent scholar A.E. Taylor presents a searching analysis of Aristotle's thought, including classification of the sciences; formal logic; theory of knowledge; matter and form; the four causes; God; physics; biology; sensation; ethics; theory of the state; the fine arts. He also considers Aristotle's provincialism, errors regarding the nervous system and astronomy, and defense of slavery.
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  • Kirk
  • 19-06-03

Worthless

This is a book on an intellectual giant by an intellectual midget. The author seems totally unable to grasp the works of the great philosopher and seems to think that this is the fault of Aristotle rather than his own failing. He does not have a grasp even on such things as biographical facts which are common knowledge. If one wants to read a book written by an author who is full of himself, this is the one. If one wants an understanding of the philosophy of Aristotle, avoid this book like the plague.

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  • Mike
  • 31-03-07

As dry as the desert

A quite dry book. Don't recommend listening to it unless you are trying to fall asleep to a guy with a dry brit accent.

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