Metaphysics Books Z and H: Metaphysics Bks Z & H Cas Bost

Paperback | June 1, 1989

Editor.. AristotleTranslated byDavid Bostock

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The books translated in this volume are seventh and eighth in the traditional ordering of Aristotle's Metaphysics. They are central to Aristotle's metaphysical system: in them he discusses the nature of perceptible 'substance' or reality. In particular, he compares the claims of matter andof form to be the basic reality of things, and he frequently contrasts his own view of form with the Platonic view. Several other topics are treated which are of central importance to his metaphysics, e.g. the notions of essence and definition, the status of universals, and the concept of a unity.David Bostock provides an authoritative guide to these difficult and important books, assuming no knowledge of Greek on the part of the reader. He offers a clear new translation that follows the original closely, and a thorough and careful philosophical commentary.

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The books translated in this volume are seventh and eighth in the traditional ordering of Aristotle's Metaphysics. They are central to Aristotle's metaphysical system: in them he discusses the nature of perceptible 'substance' or reality. In particular, he compares the claims of matter andof form to be the basic reality of things, an...

David Bostock is at Merton College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:314 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:June 1, 1989Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`David Bostock has produced a translation that admirably fulfills the Clarendon Aristotle Series' goal of making Aristotle's texts accessible to the Greekless philosophical reader. It is accurate without being overly literal and is probably the best available in English. ... the translationis, on the whole, highly readable and brings out perspicuously the structure of Aristotle's arguments. The commentary offers much to the reader inexperienced in the details of Aristotle's thought. ... Particularly nice are Bostock's explanations (and defense) of the various Platonic positionsAristotle undertakes. ... Bostock does pay Aristotle the ultimate philosophical compliment of engaging seriously and in detail with his arguments, and the reader who works through the text in conjunction with the commentary will find that she has learned a good deal from Aristotle after all.'The Philosophical Review, vol.104, no.4, October 1995