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Primary "Ousia": An Essay on Aristotle's Metaphysics Z and H 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0801474884
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"This work clearly makes a highly significant contribution to the study of Books Z and H, the center of Aristotle's Metaphysics."―Mind

"Loux's investigation of the difficult central books of Aristotle's Metaphysics is clearly the result of a sustained, minute study of the text. . . . It offers a sensitive, carefully crafted interpretation of Aristotle's mature theory of substance."―Choice

"Primary Ousia should be read by everyone with a serious interest in Aristotle. Its sharp focus and straightforward style will be appreciated by students seeking guidance through the tangled thickets of Metaphysics Z and H. Scholars will be rewarded by its detailed arguments and its careful consideration of alternative views."―The Philosophical Review

"Primary Ousia is a work of the very highest philosophical and scholarly quality, and, as a bonus, it is written in lucid and lively prose. It is timely, useful, and important."―Charlotte Witt, author of Substance and Essence in Aristotle

About the Author

Michael Loux is George N. Shuster Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (July 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801474884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801474880
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,638,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although some people have questioned the value of Aristotle, his theory of essences shaped philosophy, theology, and science until the late nineteenth century, and those works cannot be understood without first understanding Aristotle's theory of essences. That theory is developed in Metaphysics Z and H, which is the topic of Loux's book.
Aristotle's essences of physical objects are now explained as DNA (for living things) and molecular structure (for minerals), and the essential forms of artifacts are still regarded as designs in the mind, as Aristotle said. But Aristotle's theory extended beyond natural sciences to include God and the soul, and these remain live topics. More to the ponit, his objective was to identify the primary ousia, the basic reality. That remains a live question, and Aristotle's answer to it remains a live and challenging option, yet philosophers remain divided in their interpretation of it. Prof. Loux has provided a helpful explanation of the whole topic.
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