Metaphysik : Schriften zur ersten Philosophie

by Aristoteles

Other authorsFranz Ferdinand Schwarz (Translator)
Paperback, 1993



Call number

CD 2054 M587



Stuttgart: Reclam


Arthur Madigan presents a clear, accurate new translation of the third book (Beta) of Aristotle's Metaphysics, together with two related chapters from the eleventh book (Kappa). Madigan's accompanying commentary gives detailed guidance to these texts, in which Aristotle sets out what he takesto be the main problems of metaphysics or 'first philosophy' and assesses possible solutions to them.

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LibraryThing member AlanEJohnson
This translation of Aristotle's Metaphysics by Hippocrates G. Apostle is apparently now out of print. When I read it in 1969, I was impressed with the accuracy of the translation as well as with Hippocrates Apostle's Glossary and editorial commentary. Equally serviceable translations are
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doubtlessly available today, though I have not consulted them.

The term "metaphysics" should not mislead the twenty-first-century reader. Unlike Plato, Aristotle exhibited no trace of mysticism in his surviving works, including this one. In this treatise Aristotle explored the fundamentals of being and of the logic of being. He approached these questions from a philosophical rather than from what we would now call a scientific perspective. Aristotle addressed scientific matters in many other treatises, including his Physics (which is properly translated as "physical nature" rather than that branch of science that is now called "physics"). Metaphysics, for Aristotle, was the study of first principles, of being qua being. Although modern science makes Aristotle's concepts unfamiliar to us, this work sets forth some of the architectonic principles of scientific thinking, including Aristotle's famous principle of contradiction (or noncontradiction): A thing cannot both be and not be at the same time and in the same respect.
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LibraryThing member jpsnow
Again, he starts each section with a review of the extant literature. I found his commentary on Thales interesting, the latter having said that water was the fundamental element, being found even in seeds. He most frequently references Anaxagous. In every instance, he gets to the cause and then
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brings in the early bases of logic to make his point. He again goes straight for the reality of any concept, criticizing the Pythagoreans who found mathematics in everything and made numbers the basis of substance. (Their 10 principles in "two columns of cognates": limit and unlimited, odd and even, one and plurality, right and left, straight and curved, light and darkness, good and bad, square and oblong.) He observes that Plato first began exploring the philosophy of nature and substance upon learning it from Cratylus and Heraclitean doctrines, while Socrates was mostly concerned of ethical matters. The last section concerns a variety of topics, including the primary movement, the one vs. the many, substance and actuality, and implications of all of the above.
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LibraryThing member Audacity88
The Green Lion edition, translated by Sachs, is a marvelously done book. The phenomenal introduction to the translation is the best critique I've read of Latinized Aristotle translations (which are just about every other translation out there). Plus tons of space to annotate around the edges and
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excellent footnotes that don't give away Aristotle's meaning.
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LibraryThing member eroot
the thing about Aristotle, is i always get the impression the value is on labeling ideas and organizing them rather than the ideas themselves.still good stuff of course.
LibraryThing member DanielSTJ
A pivotal, and important, Aristotelian text.


Original language

Greek (Ancient)

Original publication date

3rd Century BC


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