- 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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Aristotle: Problems: Books 22-38. Rhetorica ad Alexandrum (Loeb Classical Library No. 317) (Bks. 22-38) Revised Edition
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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.)
Could have had a bit more detail, but overall I recommend this, and is a great/quick read.
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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This was the first book I read on Aristotle. At the time (during the mid-1970s) I was somewhat familiar with Plato, but knew very little about Aristotle. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Thomas Llewellyn
DOCTOR RANDALL IS A GENIOUS AND A GREAT WRITER WITH A VERY CLEAR AND SMOOTH STYLE. A BOOK THAT ARISTOTELIANS MUST READPublished on August 5, 2014 by GMAX VERDUZCO
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The 'Master of Him That Knows' is again brought to life. The only criticism of the book is that in the later chapters the author conflates some of his ideas with those of... Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by m*******va