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Aristotle's Metaphysics Alpha: Symposium Aristotelicum

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The volumes of the Symposium Aristotelicum have become obligatory reference works for Aristotle studies. In this eighteenth volume a distinguished group of scholars offers a chapter-by-chapter study of the first book of the Metaphysics. Aristotle presents here his philosophical project as a search for wisdom, which is found in the knowledge of the first principles allowing us to explain whatever exists. As he shows, earlier philosophers had been seeking such a wisdom, though they had divergent views on what these first principles were. Before Aristotle sets out his own views, he offers a critical examination of his predecessors' views, ending up with a lengthy discussion of Plato's doctrine of Forms. Book Alpha is not just a fundamental text for reconstructing the early history of Greek philosophy; it sets the agenda for Aristotle's own project of wisdom on the basis of what he had learned from his predecessors. The volume comprises eleven chapters, each dealing with a different section of the text, and a new edition of the Greek text of Metaphysics Alpha by Oliver Primavesi, based on an exhaustive examination of the complex manuscript and indirect tradition. The introduction to the edition offers new insights into the question which has haunted editors of the Metaphysics since Bekker, namely the relation between the two divergent traditions of the text.

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The volumes of the Symposium Aristotelicum have become obligatory reference works for Aristotle studies. In this eighteenth volume a distinguished group of scholars offers a chapter-by-chapter study of the first book of the Metaphysics. Aristotle presents here his philosophical project as a search for wisdom, which is found in the knowledge of the first principles allowing us to explain whatever exists. As he shows, earlier philosophers had been seeking such a wisdom, though they had divergent views on what these first principles were. Before Aristotle sets out his own views, he offers a critical examination of his predecessors' views, ending up with a lengthy discussion of Plato's doctrine of Forms. Book Alpha is not just a fundamental text for reconstructing the early history of Greek philosophy; it sets the agenda for Aristotle's own project of wisdom on the basis of what he had learned from his predecessors. The volume comprises eleven chapters, each dealing with a different section of the text, and a new edition of the Greek text of Metaphysics Alpha by Oliver Primavesi, based on an exhaustive examination of the complex manuscript and indirect tradition. The introduction to the edition offers new insights into the question which has haunted editors of the Metaphysics since Bekker, namely the relation between the two divergent traditions of the text.

About the Author

Carlos Steel is Emeritus Professor for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Leuven and director of the international project "Aristoteles Latinus." Steel has devoted most of his research to the study of the Platonic tradition from late antiquity to Ficino with a particular emphasis on the philosophy of Proclus. He is the editor of Proclus' commentary on the Parmendes in Oxford Classical Studies and different volumes in the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle series.

Table of Contents

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ESSAYS

1. The Desire to Know (Metaphysics A 1), Giuseppe Cambiano

2. A Science of First Principles (Metaphysics A 2), Sarah Broadie

3. History and Dialectic (Metaphysics A 3, 983a24-4b8), Rachel Barney

4. 'The Next Principle' (Metaphysics A 3-4, 984b8-985b22), Gabor Betegh

5. Pythagoreanism: emerging from the Presocratic fog (Metaphysics A 5), Malcolm Schofield

6. Plato as seen by Aristotle (Metaphysics A 6), Carlos Steel

7. Critique of Earlier Philosophers on the Good and the Causes (Metaphysics A 7-A 8 989a18), Stephen Menn

8. Second thoughts on some Presocratics (Metaphysics A 8, 989a18-990a32), Oliver Primavesi

9. The Doctrine of Forms under Critique (Metaphysics A 9, 990a33-991b9), Dorothea Frede

10. The Doctrine of Forms under Critique (Metaphysics A 9, 991b9 - 993a10), Michel Crubellier

11. Conclusion - and Retrospect (Metaphysics A 10), John M. Cooper

Bibliography

EDITION

A Revised Text of Metaphysics, Oliver Primavesi

Text of Metaphysics, Oliver Primavesi

INDEXES

Index locorum

Index of Modern Names

Subject Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199639984
Author:
Steel, Carlos
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
Philosophy | History | Ancient
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
6.3 x 9.3 x 1.5 in 2.2 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The volumes of the Symposium Aristotelicum have become obligatory reference works for Aristotle studies. In this eighteenth volume a distinguished group of scholars offers a chapter-by-chapter study of the first book of the Metaphysics. Aristotle presents here his philosophical project as a search for wisdom, which is found in the knowledge of the first principles allowing us to explain whatever exists. As he shows, earlier philosophers had been seeking such a wisdom, though they had divergent views on what these first principles were. Before Aristotle sets out his own views, he offers a critical examination of his predecessors' views, ending up with a lengthy discussion of Plato's doctrine of Forms. Book Alpha is not just a fundamental text for reconstructing the early history of Greek philosophy; it sets the agenda for Aristotle's own project of wisdom on the basis of what he had learned from his predecessors. The volume comprises eleven chapters, each dealing with a different section of the text, and a new edition of the Greek text of Metaphysics Alpha by Oliver Primavesi, based on an exhaustive examination of the complex manuscript and indirect tradition. The introduction to the edition offers new insights into the question which has haunted editors of the Metaphysics since Bekker, namely the relation between the two divergent traditions of the text.
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