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Aristotle's Physics: A Guided Study (Masterworks of Discovery)

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"Sachs's translation and commentary rescue Aristotle's text from the rigid, pedantic, and misleading versions that have until now obscured his thought. Thanks to Sachs's superb guidance, the Physics comes alive as a profound dialectical inquiry whose insights into the enduring questions about nature, cause, change, time, and the 'infinite' are still pertinent today. Using such guided studies in class has been exhilarating both for myself and my students."––Leon R. Kass, The Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago 

Aristotle’s Physics is the only complete and coherent  book we have from the ancient world in which a thinker of the first rank seeks to say something about nature as a whole. For centuries, Aristotle’s inquiry into the causes and conditions of motion and rest dominated science and philosophy. To understand the intellectual assumptions of a powerful world view—and the roots of the Scientific Revolution—reading Aristotle is critical. Yet existing translations of Aristotle’s Physics have made it difficult to understand either Aristotle’s originality or the lasting value of his work.

In this volume in the Masterworks of Discovery series, Joe Sachs provides a new plain-spoken English translation of all of Aristotle’s classic treatise and accompanies it with a long interpretive introduction, a running explication of the text, and a helpful glossary. He succeeds brilliantly in fulfilling the aim of this innovative series: to give the general reader the tools to read and understand a masterwork of scientific discovery. 

Synopsis:

Aristotle's Physics is one of the least studied "great books"--physics has come to mean something entirely different than Aristotle's inquiry into nature, and stereotyped Medieval interpretations have buried the original text. Sach's translation is really the only one that I know of that attempts to take the reader back to the text itself.

About the Author

Joe Sachs has taught for twenty years at St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland, where from 1990 to 1992 he held the NEH Chair in Ancient Thought.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813521923
Other:
Sachs, Joe
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Author:
Sachs, Joe
Location:
New Brunswick, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
Aristotle
Subject:
Early works to 1800
Subject:
Physics -- Early works to 1800.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Physics-General
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Masterworks of Discovery
Series Volume:
4313
Publication Date:
19950331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
278
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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Aristotle's Physics is one of the least studied "great books"--physics has come to mean something entirely different than Aristotle's inquiry into nature, and stereotyped Medieval interpretations have buried the original text. Sach's translation is really the only one that I know of that attempts to take the reader back to the text itself.
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