The Basic Works of Aristotle

The Basic Works of Aristotle Preserved by Arabic mathematicians and canonized by Christian scholars Aristotle s works have shaped Western thought science and religion for nearly two thousand years Richard McKeon s The Basic Wo

  • Title: The Basic Works of Aristotle
  • Author: Aristotle Richard Peter McKeon C.D.C. Reeve
  • ISBN: 9780375757990
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback
  • Preserved by Arabic mathematicians and canonized by Christian scholars, Aristotle s works have shaped Western thought, science, and religion for nearly two thousand years Richard McKeon s The Basic Works of Aristotle constituted out of the definitive Oxford translation and in print as a Random House hardcover for sixty years has long been considered the best available onePreserved by Arabic mathematicians and canonized by Christian scholars, Aristotle s works have shaped Western thought, science, and religion for nearly two thousand years Richard McKeon s The Basic Works of Aristotle constituted out of the definitive Oxford translation and in print as a Random House hardcover for sixty years has long been considered the best available one volume Aristotle Appearing in paperback at long last, this edition includes selections from the Organon, On the Heavens, The Short Physical Treatises, Rhetoric, among others, and On the Soul, On Generation and Corruption, Physics, Metaphysics, Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, and Poetics in their entirety.

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    1. Corinne

      I read this book to understand the meaning of 'Soul', from a Western point of view, after I've read quite a few books on this subject from the East. The chapter 'De Anima' in this book does a great job in illuminating this, if one takes the patience to read through it, and if one remembers that it was Aristotle who developed the notion of rhetorics in the first place.It's a dense but complete read, not only one the subject of soul, but also on everything, from Physics to Medicine to Politics!! I [...]

    2. AC

      The best, standard, one-volume edition of Aristotle's works in translation. It has, for example, complete, W.D. Ross' Metaphysics. That said, I have not seen this reissue, and I don't know whether or not Reeve left the actual translations alone, and restricted his "contribution" to mucking around in the introduction. I sure as hell hope he did. McKeon's own comments in the Introduction are worthless -- and can also be safely ignored by serious students of Aristotle.

    3. Russell

      I only read Ethics and Politics from this book. If you want to understand Western thought, read him, Plato and Socrates. Aristotle is the least exciting to read out of the three (some would uncharitably call him 'boring'), but where Socrates set the stage, Plato started the ball rolling, Aristotle hammered out details like only a scientist can, and with as much charm as a white paper. I don't give this a 5 stars because it had me on the edge of my seat, entertained until the last word, but rathe [...]

    4. Nathan

      In my freshman year at University I took a course on Aristotle. I remember having this book in my bag everywhere I went, and chatting with all my friends about the cool and fascinating concepts found in here. Aristotle was probably the singular, most important influence on my philosophical development. It laid the foundation for all subsequent thinking and approach. Aristotle is extremely important, and should be read by, really, everyone. Many think he is outdated and obsolete - I assure you th [...]

    5. Heatherblakely

      I thiiiink I used this for my grad treatise and not my undergrad thesis, but I'm not 100% sure. But hey! Aristotle!

    6. Julie Akeman

      OH MY GOD I finally finished this monster. There was a lot of cool stuff to read and think about in this HUGE ass book but it's worth it. Of course you can take the easy route and just find smaller volumes that focus on one or two of this subjects. Physics and Metaphysics were the hardest to get through. Politics was actually enlightening I highly reccomend it. Rhetoric and Poetics are great and I actually bought a small volume of those two but it only has book three of Rhetoric which focuses on [...]

    7. Chris Maguire

      I accept that this is regarded as a major milestone in human understanding but it's very hard to follow. A picture here and there would be illuminating. An edition with pictures or "Cole's Notes" explaining what the heck Aristotle is talking about would be nice. I'm mostly reading this to dispel the mystery of what it's about and to check it off the list so I'm not taking the time to try and understand the content based on the content itself; I'd go to Khan Academy or a similar resource if I act [...]

    8. James

      This text was my introduction to Aristotle during my college years. I read from this work alongside readings from the dialogues of Plato. Then I decided I was at heart an Aristotelian. That means among other things that I "desire to know" as Aristotle puts it in his Metaphysics. It also means that I am interested in the real world and that there is such a world that exists independent of my mind. Aristotle's works have been part of my reading life ever since. This is one of the best one volume c [...]

    9. Christopher

      I recently returned to the biological works to clarify a few points recounted in the book HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing If your interested in this, there is a good summarizing article by P. M. Dunn located here Perinatal Lessons from the Past

    10. Matt

      From literary criticism and rules of grammar to political science to rhetoric and debate to natural science, there was little Aristotle did not feel compelled to discuss. It's intriguing from our vantage point to look back and see how often he knew about ideas that we think are modern. On the other hand, it's humbling to realize how little he got right about science. If humanity survives another two millenia, our science will likely seem as absurd to our descendants as his does to us.

    11. Robert Geer

      On 'Rhetoric:'Pg 1326: "As to whether a thing is important or unimportant, just or unjust, the judge must surely refuse to take his instructions from to litigants: he must decide for himself all such points as the law-giver has not already defined for him.(On the judges): "They will often have allowed themselves to be so much influenced by feeling of friendship or hatred or self-interest that they lose any clear vision of the truth and have their judgement obscured by considerations of personal [...]

    12. Shawn

      I admit that I skimmed through a lot of this book.Physics? Metaphysics? Rhetoric? How to give speeches? Poetics? That's OK. I'll pass.I did try to read some and had no idea what the heck I was reading. It was unreadable.The early part of the book dealt more with observational writing than philosophical writing. And much of this was in the category of "duh, master of the obvious" writing.Example: A mountain can be both small and large at the same time. When compared to a larger mountain, it is sm [...]

    13. Brooke L

      I readDe Partibus Animalium (On the Parts of Animals). From reading this, I come to understand that everything has a purpose and if that purpose is gone, the item will just be a useless lump. The book is "told" by Aristotle and there are no characters.De Partibus Animaliumis about what relation the soul has to the parts of animals, how distinctive parts form a distinctive animal, and how Nature concerns the soul, as well as vice versa.I liked this text. It has certainly aged well, considering Ar [...]

    14. Jonathan

      Makes up for the dryness and, at times, boring-ness inherent to the explication of causative factors involved with physics, movement, cosmology, and so forth, by his sheer lucidity and clarity in explicating the nature of How Things Are. Or, rather, how the classical, ancient mind determined things were, further expounding upon how things behave, shape themselves, are derived, form, generate, move, stop, descend, ascend, etc.Perhaps the main reason to read Aristotle is to begin see the first men [...]

    15. Mitch

      I remember reading a quote claiming that while Plato was the first to ask the eternal problems of philosophy, Aristotle was the first to formulate them in a such a way that they might be solved. The sheer clarity and simplicity of Aristotle's work makes one understand its seductiveness to the s.

    16. Brian

      I chose this edition because it had many of Aristotle's works all together. Unfortunately, the translations are excessively dry. I would recommend finding a better translation, since the material itself can be pretty dense already.Aristotle is intriguing for having delved into (and advanced) so many fields. Sure, he wasn't always correct, but he really took a thoughtful approach. Nicomachean Ethics is impressive in its scope, and is probably the best part to read (by itself, I'd give it four sta [...]

    17. Stephanie

      ugh. reading aristotle is like wading through mud. this book i recommend only to the die-hard philosopher, especially someone who's into aristotle. there is no (or, virtually no) commentary, so a background in aristotle and greek political systems is a bonus. i read "politics" books one and two, "poetics," and parts of nicomachean ethics. all from this edition. generally, i prefer modern library editions. for this i'd say "pass."

    18. James Violand

      Yowza! A very difficult read. I had to diagram the Prior and Posterior Analytics just to try to grasp how to define a logical argument. That being said, I wish the scientific community would revisit Aristotle. Contrary to their own claims of being somehow the greatest minds, Aristotle was arguably the greast mind that ever lived. Reading him gives you an appreciation of an intellect second to none. You can see why his philosophy was so pervasive before the modern era.

    19. Hope

      Read Physics: Terribly written but interesting once you understand. 10/8/12Read Ethics: Better than Physics, sometimes unintentionally hilarious. 10/23/12Read Politics (Book I-III, VII-VIII): Much easier to read than the other two I read, but I might just be getting better at reading Aristotleyway, interesting and again unintentionally hilarious (or maybe I'm just going crazy through reading Aristotle). 10/11/13Read Rhetoric: 2/1/14Read Poetics: 9/2/14

    20. Usman

      One of the good things about this book is that it is self contained and you can pretty much read topics on their own. The not so good thing is that some of the language is a little difficult to get your head around. But certainly ideas expressed in here, for instance in the Nichomachean ethics section on emotions, are still valid today and continue to form the foundations of research on emotions.

    21. Jay Mehta

      If Aristotle had access to a computer he'd have cured cancer and fixed global warming. In all seriousness, it's astonishing how close he was to getting things right about the physical world way back in 300 BC. His take on the less scientific stuff like ethics, politics, art, etc. is right on the money. The book itself has lots of dry stretches punctuated with potent, little, attention grabbing nuggets of wisdom.

    22. Tim

      It’s slow going through dense stuff, but Jonathan Lear (Aristotle: The Desire to Understand) is a good guide. The Oxford translation's been updated since this 1930s version, but unfortunately there's no fat, cheap one volume edition of it. But Lear's a good guide there too, critiquing both translations and explaining key terms and concepts.

    23. Ron

      This work is 1487 pages long. It is not the sort of book I read from start to finish but rather read chapters of it from time to time. I'll admit some of it is beyond me, some of it is obsolete thought but most of it is interesting if for nothing more than a good insight of what the ancients thought.

    24. Zak Siddiqui

      Beyond the incredible historical and cultural import of the works, the fact that the writings of a scientist and philosopher who lived some 2300+ years ago resonate so clearly with the modern reader speaks to their brilliance--even in the cases where philosophical and scientific advances made some ideas outdated.

    25. Erik Graff

      The inclusion of this volume is a bit of a cheat at I have never actually read through all of its translations of representative works by Aristotle. Rather, what I did, after reading much of Aristotle through college, seminary and graduate school, was to read this edition's translations of the works I hadn't yet read elsewhere--a much less formidable task.

    26. Szplug

      Such a stunning cover design, as per usual with the post-1992 editions of the Modern Library Classics. I'm proceeding through these extensive collations of über-dry genius in the following order: EthicsPoliticsPoeticsOn InterpretationPhysicsMetaphysicsCategoriesOn The SoulRhetoric I anticipate completion to be achieved circa mid-century

    27. Gordon Yang

      A must-read for any thinking man that's still relevant today, or rather made it possible for the world as we know it today. Aristotle's many acute observations and categorizations sets the fundamental basis for logical thinking and Western philosophy.

    28. Styer

      Still the bestI call Aristotle "belligerently" precise, and though not an easy read, he's extremely straightforward. Not a wasted word or sentence, and each sentence depends on reading the prior. Great way to think about things.

    29. Jeremy Tibbetts

      Very very dense. Sometimes hard to follow his arguments. It's worth reading to understand how foundational Aristotle is to Western thought but nonetheless not an easy read.

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