By Jonathan Barnes
The impact of Aristotle, the prince of philosophers, at the highbrow historical past of the West is moment to none. during this booklet, Jonathan Barnes examines Aristotle's clinical researches, his discoveries in good judgment and his metaphysical theories, his paintings in psychology and in ethics and politics, and his rules approximately paintings and poetry, putting his teachings of their historic context.About the sequence: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and elegance, Very brief Introductions supply an advent to a few of life's finest subject matters. Written through specialists for the newcomer, they exhibit the best modern brooding about the principal difficulties and concerns in 1000's of key subject matters, from philosophy to Freud, quantum conception to Islam.
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Extra info for Aristotle: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions - 32)
His father died when Aristotle was still young, and he was brought up by recorded about Aristotle’s early education; but since he came from a rich and learned family, he no doubt received the sort of literary and gymnastic training which was normal for a well-born Greek. In 367, at the age of seventeen, he left Stagira for Athens, where he joined the brilliant group of men who worked and studied in the Academy under the leadership of Plato. In one of his lost works Aristotle told how a Corinthian farmer had happened to read Plato’s Gorgias and ‘at once gave up his farm and his vines, mortgaged his soul to Plato, and sowed and planted it with Plato’s philosophy’.
In fact Aristotle means something neither abstract nor abstruse. ‘Beings qua being’ are not a special class or kind of being; indeed, there are no such things as beings-qua-being at all. When Aristotle says that there is a science which studies beings qua being, he means that there is a science which studies beings, and studies them qua being; Aristotle that is to say, there is a science which studies the things that exist (and not some abstract item called ‘being’), and studies them qua existing.
Are all propositions either simple or compounded from simples? For example, the sentence ‘It is now recognized that the octopus’ last tentacle is bifurcated’ is surely compound – it contains as a part of itself the proposition ‘the octopus’ last tentacle is bifurcated’. But it is not compounded from simple propositions. It consists of a simple proposition preﬁxed by ‘It is now recognized that’, and ‘It is now recognized that’ is not a proposition. Again, do all simple propositions contain just two terms?
Aristotle: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions - 32) by Jonathan Barnes