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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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"This new edition makes a landmark of scholarship available in a very usable form."--Library Journal
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Translator and scholar S. H. Butcher served as editor for the Dover Thift Edition of the "Poetics," as well as for the "Orationes, Volume 1" by Demosthenes. Butcher is also the author of "Aristotle's Theory of Poetry and Fine Art,"
Jonathan Barnes is professor of ancient philosophy at the University of Geneva. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Texas. His publications include <i>The Presocratic Philosophers</i>.
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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.Read more ›
In my review of Volume 1, I had written "I will never again look at Aristotle in the same way. His philosophy is deeply suspect and like Santa Claus there seems to be a large-scale conspiracy to keep his myth alive. Well now... on to Volume 2." I stand by that remark as it applied to Aristotle's view of the natural world contained in Volume 1. But perhaps I should have read Volume 2 first. When speaking of what we would now call philosophy, Volume 2 shows clearly how seminal his writings are. If you are at all inclined toward philosophy in general or Aristotle in particular, this book belongs on your library shelf. It's true that both volumes total about 2500 pages, but that's all we have, and Jonathan Barnes (editor) has done the world a favor by collecting the English translations.
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What can one say, Aristotle is awesome and the books are beautifully bound.Published 12 months ago by Michael Lewis
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The second (of a set of two) titles that any good student of Western Civ' should have. Even so long ago, man could think on timeless ways.Published on February 6, 2014 by D. Woodard