A Companion to Aristotle (Blackwell Companions to by Georgios Anagnostopoulos

By Georgios Anagnostopoulos

The Blackwell spouse to Aristotle offers in-depth stories of the most issues of Aristotle's proposal, from artwork to zoology.

The such a lot entire unmarried quantity survey of the existence and paintings of Aristotle.
Comprised of forty newly commissioned essays from prime experts.
Coves the entire variety of Aristotle's paintings, from his 'theoretical' inquiries into metaphysics, physics, psychology, and biology, to the sensible and efficient "sciences" equivalent to ethics, politics, rhetoric, and paintings.

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According to Ross (1960: 2), the first to question the static conception was Thomas Case (Case 1910). But the scholar who most forcefully challenged the prevailing view and articulated a systematic alternative to it was Werner Jaeger in his first publication on the topic of development (Jaeger 1912) and his seminal work Aristoteles, Grundlegung einer Geschichte seiner Entwicklung (Berlin 1923; appearing in English as Aristotle: Fundamentals of the History of his Development, 1934). As the title of Jaeger’s work indicates, he was convinced that there was development in Aristotle’s thought, and the bulk of his book outlines and documents the supposed precise course of this development, which Jaeger saw as roughly corresponding to the three major periods in Aristotle’s life: the first period in Athens, a period of travels, and the second period in Athens (see ch.

2 Aristotle’s contributions across almost all philosophical areas are major; in the words of J. Barnes (1982: 1), “He bestrode antiquity like an intellectual colossus. No man before him had contributed so much to learning. ” But in some fields he was not a mere contributor. He was a pioneer and his theories defined these fields of inquiry for centuries, especially logic and biology. With respect to the former, he seems self-conscious of his achievement in articulating the syllogistic system of deductive inference.

Jaeger’s systematic arguments for his position are impressive, and his correlation of Aristotle’s alleged intellectual development to the main periods of his life makes for a neat account of the growth of one of the most prolific philosophers. Jaeger’s view has had a major influence (see Chroust 1973), but in the eyes of some the account is in fact too neat. Most scholars, while they accept the general claim that there is development in Aristotle’s thought, question Jaeger’s specific trajectory of it from early faithfulness to Platonism to empiricism.

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