Synopses & Reviews
The Focus Philosophical Library publishes clear, faithful editions by renowned scholars and teachers enabling access for modern students to essential ideas and wisdom of the world’s greatest thinkers."Shiffman's fidelity both to Aristotle's text and to opening the complex thought contained therein to the contemporary reader is evident throughout this translation. It neither attempts to resolve difficulty nor drown the reader in obscurity; instead, it invites the reader to puzzle through this magnificent and difficult text herself. The wonderful introduction supplies any number of tools to do so and is a model of the rigorous and restrained articulation of essential themes and contemporary resonances. The glossary contains an indispensable and illuminating discussion of terms. Readable and thought-provoking, this translation is particularly well-suited for the classroom. Students at all levels will benefit from its lucidity and provocation to thought."
—Sara Brill, Fairfield UniversityMark Shiffman, Assistant Professor of Humanities at Villanova University, is a graduate of St. John's College and received his PhD from the University of Chicago. His work in ancient thought has focused on Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, Plutarch and Augustine.
A seminal work by Aristotle on the nature of that which animates living things. Includes well-chosen notes and a comprehensive introduction.
A complete translation of Aristotles classic work De Anima supplemented with well-chosen notes and a comprehensive introduction. Also commonly translated as On the Soul, this work is a seminal work from the roots of Classical thinking on the nature of life and the lifeforce.
Focus Philosophical Library translations are close to and are non-interpretative of the original text, with the notes and a glossary intending to provide the reader with some sense of the terms and the concepts as they were understood by Aristotles immediate audience.
An English translation designed for intorduction to philsoophy courses, or courses in Aristotle as taught in departments of philosophy at collges, community colleges and universities.
About the Author
Mark Shiffman (PhD Chicago) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities at Villanova University, with interests in the history of philosophy, classical studies and political theory. His work in ancient thought has focused on Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, Plutarch and Augustine. He is currently at work on a book reassessing the character of Plutarch's Platonism.