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- DescriptionIn The Metaphysics, Aristotle laid the foundations for one of the central branches of Western philosophy. Aristotle was always passionately interested in natural phemena. Yet when he joined Plato's Academy as a 17-year-old in the mid-360s BC, he was taught the 'idealist' doctrine that what we perceive is just a pale reflection of the true reality. After a sharp reaction against Platonism, he achieved in The Metaphysics an extraordinary synthesis, integrating the natural and rational aspects of the world. In so doing he probed some of the deepest questions of philosophy- What is existence? How is change possible? Are there things which must exist for anything else to exist at all? The seminal tion of 'substance' and associated concepts of matter and form, essence and accident and potentiality and actuality have had a profound influence upon Western thought. Lawson-Tancred's new translation achieves a readability absent from earlier versions, and in an introductory essay he highlights the central themes of one of philosophy's supreme masterpieces.
- Author BiographyARISTOTLE (384-322 BC) studied at the Academy of Plato for 20 years and then established his own school and research institute 'The Lyceum'. His writings, which were of extraordinary range, profoundly affected the whole course of ancient and medieval philosophy and are still eagerly studied and debated by philosophers today. HUGH LAWSON-TANCRED was born in 1955, and went to Balliol College, Oxford. He is now a departmental Fellow of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, London.
- PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
- Date of Publication29/10/1998
- SubjectHistory of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- First Published2000
- ImprintPenguin Books Ltd
- Weight332 g
- Width130 mm
- Height199 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Edited byHugh Lawson-Tancred
- Translated byHugh Lawson-Tancred
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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