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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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"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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Other works by the renowned classical scholar, translator, and literary critic Francis Fergusson include "The Idea of a Theater: A Study of Ten Plays," "Sallies of the Mind: Essays," "Trope and Allegory: Themes Common to Dante and Shakespeare," and "Dante's Drama of the Mind: A Modern Reading of the "Purgatorio.
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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  • Hardcover: 1256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 6th ed. edition (September 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691016518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691016511
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 2.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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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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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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By JmP 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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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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It's Aristotle. Full of basic stuff everyone should know. Eudemian Ethics, On Virtues and Vices, Politics, Economics, Rhetoric, Rhetoric to Alexander, Poetics, Constition of Athens, and more. All things that can be beneficial for a lot of career types. He's my favorite of the great Greek philosophers.
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I had previously reviewed Volume 1 of this series concerning Aristotle's views on the natural world -- most of which were abjectly wrong. On the other hand, Volume 2, the present work, contains most of what Aristotle is known for -- his work on metaphysics, ethics, politics, and rhetoric. The volume also contains a variety of other works that were probably speciously ascribed to him; these are identified as such by a single asterisk (suspected specious) or a double asterisk (probably specious). I like this volume much better than Volume 1 (though I did recommend Volume 1), and if you have never read a direct translation of Aristotle's work, I recommend this two-volume set. I read only Koine Greek, not Classical. Nonetheless, the marginal or incidental notes giving the exact Greek phrase for disputed passages were useful for me. However, they are rare and by no means necessary to understanding this very thorough series.

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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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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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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