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Aristotle on Truth Hardcover – October 25, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0521823289 ISBN-10: 0521823285 Edition: 0th

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  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521823285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521823289
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,881,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We cannot fail to appreciate the care with which the author approaches his subject, the tremendous amount of scholarship which has gone into his work and the fact that the discussion never shies away from modern theories. Overall, this is a valuable addition to Aristotelian scholarship, and it is bound to become an extremely useful tool for those working on the issues with which it deals."
-Christos Y. Panayides, The University of Nicosia, Ancient Philosophy

Book Description

Aristotle's theory of truth spans several areas of philosophy: philosophy of language, logic, ontology, and epistemology. In this book, the first dedicated to this topic, Paolo Crivelli discusses all the main aspects of Aristotle's views on truth and falsehood. He analyses in detail the main relevant passages, addresses some well-known problems of Aristotelian semantics, and assesses Aristotle's theory from the point of view of modern analytic philosophy. His book will be of interest to a wide range of readers working in both ancient philosophy and modern philosophy of language.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MrBigBeast on November 12, 2004
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In the opening words of the author, "The study of truth is a central part of the philosophical tradition we have inherited from classical Greece. Aristotle played an important role in developing and sharpening the debate in this area and on many issues that are connected with it."

But Aristotle's ideas on truth lie scattered among numerous works in a now dead tongue, while important interpretations of these ideas by successors sprawl over two millennia of secondary literature, in various languages.

Who on earth could identify, classify and distill such a body of knowledge for the benefit of serious students and the appreciation of the common man? Someone, one must presume, with a rare and eclectic mix of skills spanning philosophy, ancient languages, logic and history, and, equally significantly, someone with the stamina and perseverance to complete a marathon effort of this sort.

Such a rare person, apparently, is Mr. Paolo Crivelli. One can only imagine the many years, (decades?) of painstaking research mandated to accomplish the task, but indeed, it has been done. Mr. Crivelli, having shouldered the massive burden of all this hard work, including the daunting and danger-laden mission of bridging the barrier between ancient and modern languages, has now neatly and concisely delivered all the benefits on a silver platter, credibly and in superior form.

His efforts come framed with a stiff and proper academic backbone. Massively footnoted, triply indexed, multiply appendixed and listing hundreds of references, this work oozes with a sense of obsessive precision. The ordinary praise of "scholarly" is obviously just as insufficient as the maximum five stars Amazon allows. An extra little dose of pure and unfathomable magic conspires to make this book eminently readable.

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