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The author of the book: Aristotle
Date of issue: 2007
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As I've mentioned before in other reviews, I read this more from a desire to study Aristotle thoroughly and less from an active interest in the subject matter. I have a tendency to want to be as well versed in an important thinker as I can be. That means I will expend some effort in research that might not seem altogether practical from the perspective of the casual observer.
The first work on Poetics is not easily grouped with Aristotle's other works. It is apparently one of the earliest works dealing with poetry and tragedy from a critical perspective. That alone does make the work important. It also functions as a catalog of non-extant works. Sadly, many of the works that Aristotle refers to, no longer exist. Aristotle extrapolates certain rules from his fairly extensive knowledge of poetry. How practical his rules are, I can't comment on. I suppose I might revisit this work when I dedicate more time to studying Greek epic and tragedy.
The second work on Rhetoric can be easily grouped with Aristotle's works on ethics and politics on one side, and with his logical works on the other side. One could see this work as a bridge between his ethical/political thought and his theories on logic. It is sort of a practical application of the purely theoretical ideas presented in those works. Aristotle's theories do lend themselves to a legal setting, so this seems to be an advancement from the early rhetoric of the sophists and from the later purely political rhetoric of people like Isocrates and Demosthenes. Cicero was apparently well acquainted with Aristotle's thoughts on Rhetoric. It probably would have been better to read this before reading Cicero, but it didn't happen that way.
The book was worth reading. I found the commentary helpful, but took issue with some of the less relevant asides that the commentator indulged in. I give the work itself around 3-and-a-half to 4 stars. I'm not sure it's essential Aristotle, but due to the second work's relationship to his logical works and political/ethical works, it's important.
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(Alternate European spelling: Aristoteles)
Aristotle (384–322 B.C.) numbers among the greatest philosophers of all time. Judged solely in terms of his philosophical influence, only Plato is his peer: Aristotle's works shaped centuries of philosophy from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance, and even today continue to be studied with keen, non-antiquarian interest. A prodigious researcher and writer, Aristotle left a great body of work, perhaps numbering as many as two-hundred treatises, from which approximately thirty-one survive. His extant writings span a wide range of disciplines, from logic, metaphysics and philosophy of mind, through ethics, political theory, aesthetics and rhetoric, and into such primarily non-philosophical fields as empirical biology, where he excelled at detailed plant and animal observation and taxonomy. In all these areas, Aristotle's theories have provided illumination, met with resistance, sparked debate, and generally stimulated the sustained interest of an abiding readership.
Because of its wide range and its remoteness in time, Aristotle's philosophy defies easy encapsulation. The long history of interpretation and appropriation of Aristotelian texts and themes—spanning over two millennia and comprising philosophers working within a variety of religious and secular traditions—has rendered even basic points of interpretation controversial. The set of entries on Aristotle in this site addresses this situation by proceeding in three tiers. First, the present, general entry offers a brief account of Aristotle's life and characterizes his central philosophical commitments, highlighting his most distinctive methods and most influential achievements. Second are General Topics which offer detailed introductions to the main areas of Aristotle's philosophical activity. Finally, there follow Special Topics which investigate in greater detail more narrowly focused issues, especially those of central concern in recent Aristotelian scholarship
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