Aristotles Metaphysics Alpha: Symposium Aristotelicum

Paperback | July 13, 2015

EditorCarlos Steel

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The volumes of the "Symposium Aristotelicum" have become the obligatory reference works for all studies on Aristotle. In this eighteenth volume a distinguished group of scholars offers a chapter-by-chapter study of the first book of Aristotle's Metaphysics. Aristotle presents here hisphilosophical 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, the earlier philosophers had been seeking such a wisdom, though they had divergent views on what these first principles were. Before Aristotlesets out his own views, he offers a critical examination of his predecessors' views, ending up with a lengthy discussion of Plato's doctrine of the 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 after what he had learned from his predecessors. The volume comprises eleven chapters, each dealing with a different section of the text, and anew 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 therelation between the two divergent traditions of the text.

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The volumes of the "Symposium Aristotelicum" have become the obligatory reference works for all studies on Aristotle. In this eighteenth volume a distinguished group of scholars offers a chapter-by-chapter study of the first book of Aristotle's Metaphysics. Aristotle presents here hisphilosophical project as a search for wisdom, which ...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:552 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:July 13, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List Of ParticipantsESSAYS1. Giuseppe Cambiano: The Desire to Know (Metaphysics A 1)2. Sarah Broadie: A Science of First Principles (Metaphysics A 2)3. Rachel Barney: History and Dialectic (Metaphysics A 3, 983a24-4b8)4. Gabor Betegh: 'The Next Principle' (Metaphysics A 3-4, 984b8-985b22)5. Malcolm Schofield: Pythagoreanism: emerging from the Presocratic fog (Metaphysics A 5)6. Carlos Steel: Plato as seen by Aristotle (Metaphysics A 6)7. Stephen Menn: Critique of Earlier Philosophers on the Good and the Causes (Metaphysics A 7-A 8 989a18)8. Oliver Primavesi: Second thoughts on some Presocratics (Metaphysics A 8, 989a18-990a32)9. Dorothea Frede: The Doctrine of Forms under Critique (Metaphysics A 9, 990a33-991b9)10. Michel Crubellier: The Doctrine of Forms under Critique (Metaphysics A 9, 991b9 - 993a10)11. John M. Cooper: Conclusion - and Retrospect (Metaphysics A 10)BibliographyEDITIONOliver Primavesi: A Revised Text of MetaphysicsOliver Primavesi: Text of MetaphysicsINDEXESIndex locorumIndex of Modern NamesSubject Index

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