- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (June 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140446192
- ISBN-13: 978-0140446197
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Integrating the natural and rational aspects of the world, Aristotle s Metaphysics probes some of the deepest questions of philosophy: What is existence? How is change possible? What makes something the same thing at different times? Are there things that must exist for anything else to exist at all? Furthermore, with his notion of substance and his associated concepts of matter and form, essence and accident, and potentiality and actuality, Aristotle laid the foundations for Western speculative thought on the nature of reality. Author: AristotleFormat: 528 pages, Paperback Publisher: Penguin Classics New Ed edition (June 1, 1999) ISBN: 978-0140446197
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I recommend buying this book, but not as your main text of the "Metaphysics". For your main text of the "Metaphysics", I recommend the 1924 translation by W.D. Ross, which is not in print, but you can find it used. The "Metaphysics" is famously difficult. I found the Ross translation clearer and more comprehensible than that of Tancred-Lawson (T-L). I was about one-third of the way through the T-L translation when I had to give up. But it was through the T-L bibliography that I found the Ross translation, so if that was all the T-L did for me, it would have been enough.
I also did not quite like the tone and style of this translation. I found it too informal and colloquial for my tastes. It is quite interesting in that respect, but in the end it feels stylistically wrong.
But the T-L is still well worth buying. The various introductory and textual essays are excellent and very well worth reading. T-L's alternative translation is good to have as a backup. Sometimes when it is Ross that is obscure, T-L can clarify the matter.
One warning is that you had better read the "Physics" before you read this, or it will not make any sense to you at all.
Summary: At this price, the book is highly recommended as your backup translation of, and general companion to, the "Metaphysics."