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Aristotle: Problems: Books 22-38. Rhetorica ad Alexandrum (Loeb Classical Library No. 317) (Bks. 22-38) Revised Edition

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Loeb Classical Library; Revised edition (January 1, 1937)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674993500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674993501
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 17, 2003
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I bought this book expecting to get know who Aristotle was, where he came from, etc.; typical biographical info., instead I got to know how he thought. The author does an amazing job of explaining Aristotle's philosophy. Anyone can read this book and come away with a better understanding of Aristotle, the University professor or the layperson.
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The Problems of Aristotle is a work consisting of a long series of monolouges over various things which were perplexing to our philosphic friend. These problems range from medicine and sex to government and sympathy. All are introduced by a question, which starts with the phrase "Why is it...". A second question follows the first, which attempts to start a discussion thusly : "Is it because...". From my standpoint, they're hilariously funny, and yet at the same time they *are* questions which you wonder about today.
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The aim of this book is to provide a short, popular account of Aristotle's philosophy for those that are somewhat acquainted with the history of philosophy. I do recommend the book, but not without qualification. The author needlessly, and perhaps unfairly, attacks Aristotle quite often in the work, which is simply distracting. To the potential buyer: keep in mind that this work was written in 1915 and that the author's criticisms of Aristotle rely on a heavily Platonic bias.
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I am not a philosopher, but I am a Classical scholar. I think that having read much of Aristotle in Greek compensates for my ignorance of the subsequent history of philosophy.
I know of no other book on Aristotle that approaches the concision, insightfulness and clarity of Randall's. (Oretga y Gasset's observation, "clarity is a form of courtesy that the philosopher owes," is at least as true of expositors of philosophy as of philosophers.)
Randall has done a great service for everyone who wants to understand the basic approach and ideas of the man who is without doubt the most influential philosopher who ever lived.
He is especially helpful in elucidating Aristotle's four aitia and explaining why the translation that is usually used for them - "causes" - is misleading. He is also correct to emphasize the fundamental difference between Aristotle's Final aition and Plato's. However, in doing so, he states (pages 228-9) that for Aristotle, the Final aition is never identical with the Efficient aition. That is incorrect. (See Aristotle's Physics 198a.)
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Sticks to the facts, doesn't oversaturate in useless literature - good look into Aristotle's life.

Could have had a bit more detail, but overall I recommend this, and is a great/quick read.
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Essential reading I would say for evryone who wants to get a rough idea of what Aristotle was all about, and what his main areas of study and influence were. The section on practical philosophy should be "essential reading" fo any new politician - since it raises questions like "who is the government for" - and what do we want the government to be doing on our behalf. This book was an invaluable resource for my own talks and essays on Aristotle.
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I've read this book and I'd say that it is an outstanding short introduction to Aristotle... it is written with remarkable clarity.

A couple of the other reviewers seem mistakenly to believe that they are reviewing John Herman Randall's Aristotle, which is also a short introduction to Aristotle.
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