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The Complete Works of Aristotle: The Revised Oxford Translation, Vol. 2 (Bollingen Series LXXI-2) Hardcover – September 1, 1984


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  • Hardcover: 1256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (September 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691016518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691016511
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.4 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A splendid achievement."--Times Higher Education Supplement



"This new edition makes a landmark of scholarship available in a very usable form."--Library Journal



"It is hard to picture a more attractive presentation of a philosopher's work for study or reference."--ChristianCentury


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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Joe Zika TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The Complete Works of Aristotle Volume 2 edited bu Jonathan Barnes is a continuation of the revised Oxford translation. Aristotle is one of the greatest thinkers in the Western tradition, but also one of the most difficult.
As with the first volume, this translation makes the surviving works of Aristotle easily read for the English-speaking readers. This volume combined with the first makes a comprehesive work. Both volumes are nicely bound and the type is easy to read. Also, the volumes have numerals printed in the outer margins to key the translations to Immanuel Bekker's standard edition of the Greek text of Aristotle of 1831. The index of both editions could use a bit more work as they are cumbersome to work with, but not impossible.
I've found that using "The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle" of great help. This is also edithed by Jonathan Barnes. The contents of volume 2 are as follows: On Plants, On Marvellous Things Heard, Mechanics, Problems On Indivisible Lines, The Situation and Names of Winds, On Melissus,Xenophanes,and Gorgias, Metaphysics, Nicomachean Ethics, Magna Moralia, Eudemian Ethics, On Virtues and Vices, Politics, Economics, Rhetoric, Rhetoric to Alexander, Poetics, Constition of Athens, Fragments.
As with the first voume, this work contains works that the authenticity has been seriously doubted and works that are spurious and have never been seroiusly contested.
The translations are easily read and flow. You can definately understand what Aristotle is trying to say. Both of these volumes make an excellent addition to your home library.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Mease on June 12, 2010
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I'm pleased that this book is as complete as it claims to be. Between the two volumes, the readers meets with every aspect of Aristotle's thought, including almost one hundred pages of fragments testimonies.

Unfortunately, I also have several complaints...

a) most of these translations are old - early 20th century old - and this doesn't always make it very easy to read them; they are, if you will, 'classic' translations, but I would have preferred to see Oxford hire a new team of translators to assemble and Aristotle fit for the new century

b) there is very, very little commentary - admittedly, here I compare the complete works of Aristotle to the complete works of Plato, published by Hackett. In Hackett's Plato, there are occasional footnotes to aid the reader's understanding of difficult passages. The Oxford Aristotle only notes paragraphs that were excised in the original translations, and, very, very occasional (10-20 times in the entire library) provides more substantial notes. There aren't even endnotes!

c) there are no introductions to give context to the works - again, I compare with Hackett's Plato. It would have been nice to hear the story behind works of disputed authorship, rather than simply placing a * or ** next to the title of the dialogue. It would also serve to consider how each work relates to the rest of Aristotle's corpus

d) the fragments are poorly arranged. I can see how certain fragments might not specifically reference a certain work, but the editors already arrange them according to the works they supposedly reference - what they don't do is formally divide them as such. Instead, they are placed into general categories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Johnson on October 10, 2013
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I purchased both Volume 1 and 2, as a reference. I have read Aristotle before, and have found it very hard to retain much of what his writings cover. These volumes make a great source of reference when I feel the need to refresh my personal studies. The print is pretty small, and the books very thick, so I would refrain from attempting to read this in poor light or on my lap...definitely a desk book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Little Known Blogger on February 3, 2013
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This work collects the most-accepted translations of the remainder of Aristotle's works (those that did not make it into the first volume). I admit that some of it is a bit dry, but it is nonetheless an excellent look into one of the greatest human minds that ever lived. The book is well-constructed and the translations are quite good. I highly recommend it.
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By NitaBillS on September 13, 2012
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I have read bits and pieces over the years but I decided I needed to do a comprehensive read of all Aristotle's works. The books are in great shape and the translations are well done.
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By Justin M Panlasigui on September 30, 2014
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Can't have volume 1 without volume 2! Whenever I cite Thomas Aquinas in a paper, Aristotle is cited just as much. I've heard some professors gripe a bit about this translation not being the best, but the translations are accurate (which matters most). Plus, you can't beat having half of the compendium in one volume.
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By Sama Takeo on July 22, 2014
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I'm very happy with this item. Well made and shipped professionally all at a very reasonable price. I do recommend this to others.
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