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Necessity, Cause and Blame: Perspectives on Aristotle's Theory Paperback – June 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0226768243 ISBN-10: 0226768244 Edition: 1st
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Richard Sorabji is emeritus professor of philosophy at King’s College, London, and fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. He is the author of Time, Creation and the Continuum; Matter, Space, and Motion; Animal Minds and Human Morals; Emotion and Peace of Mind, and Self: Ancient and Modern Insights, the last forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. He is also general editor of seventy volumes to date of The Ancient Commentators on Aristotle, and coeditor of The Ethics of War: Shared Problems in Different Traditions.
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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226768244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226768243
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. T. on August 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
Necessity, Cause and Blame is a wonderful book, lucidly written and engaging. It is a book an Aristotle's philosophy as well as being a book on philosophy in its own right.

Sorabji focuses on Aristotle's treatment of determinism, although the reader will also be informed of the views of Aristotle's predecessors and his successors along the way. But determinism is still very much a matter of debate among philosophers today and so this book will be of interest not only to the student of the history of philosophy, but also to students of (and anyone interested in) contemporary philosophy.

Sorabji discusses such topics as time, causation, explanation, necessity, coincidences, essence, purpose in nature and voluntariness in order to cast light on Aristotle's theory (whom he takes to be an indeterminist). He discusses many famous passages in Aristotle's writings, such as the 'sea battle', and other less known passages as well, but his discussion never becomes a mere exegesis. It is always engagingly written, for Sorabji is primarily interested in arguments that are relevant for us today and that are able to compete with contemporary theories.

Anyone interested in Aristotle's philosophy, determinism or questions about moral responsibility posed by the determinist would do well to read this book. Its scholarship is admirable, its philosophical acuteness inspiring.
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