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`In this work (which is well up to the high standard of the rest of the series) Smith helps us through the debates while going some way to make good the lack of commentaries.' Richard Wallace, Greece and Rome
Text: English (translation) Original Language: Greek
People would know a lot more, and know a lot more quickly if all books were written as clearly as Robin Smith writes. His version of Aristotle's Topics covers only books I and VIII. But Smith makes clear what Topics is all about and why it is so valuable today. Also, Smith doesn't assume that you teach philosophy every day, so he doesn't just concentrate on disputed fine points that only bored academics care about. Smith actually gets to the heart of what the book is about. Authors of philosophical texts often think mentioning what the purpose of the book is, and how the knowledge it imparts is to be used, isn't important. Either that, or many authors don't really know themselves what the subject is about and write confusing verbiage to hide the fact they don't know what they are talking about. Smith is one of those rare individuals that understands what Aristotle meant and can clearly tell you.
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