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The Works of Aristotle V (The Metaphysics) (Thomas Taylor Series, volume XXIII)

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Volume XXIII of the Thomas Taylor Series. Volume V of the Thomas Taylor Aristotle.

This volume contains Aristotle's Metaphysics, together with extensive selections from the commentaries both of Syrianus—head of the Athenian Academy and teacher of Proclus—and the earlier peripatetic scholar Alexander of Aphrodisias (Alexander Aphrodesiensis).

Examining thorny passages from the Metaphysics wherein Aristotle critiques certain theories of forms, Syrianus' commentary provides a unique look at Platonic metaphysics, and at the Platonists' understanding of the harmony of Plato and Aristotle.

In addition, this volume contains the following shorter works written by, or attributed to, Aristotle:

  • The Mechanical Problems.
  • On the World.
  • Against the Dogmas of Xenophanes, Zeno and Gorgias.
  • On Virtues and Vices.
  • The extant fragments of On Audilbles.

600 pages. Hardcover.

ISBN 9781898910220.

  • About the Thomas Taylor Aristotle

    Thomas Taylor's translations of the complete works of Aristotle—the first complete set of such translations to be produced in English—have two great advantages for the modern reader:

    First, Taylor works from within the Platonic tradition, of which he himself was a convinced follower. While other translations also have their own scholarly and literary merits, they often lack the depth of Taylor’s, because the subtle truths embedded in Platonic writings are only understood after careful and profound meditation. Like the great writers of the ancient Neoplatonic schools, Taylor saw Aristotle as a Platonist, and so he translated and explained Aristotle from that
    perspective.

    Second, Taylor includes extensive excerpts from the surviving Platonic commentaries on Aristotle, particularly the works of Simplicius, which are otherwise difficult or costly to obtain in English translation. By including these commentaries—and his own insightful notes—along with Aristotle's own words, Taylor brings to life the works of Aristotle, as part of the living Platonic tradition, extended across the centuries.

  • About the Thomas Taylor Series

    The Prometheus Trust Thomas Taylor Series reprints the complete philosophical works of Thomas Taylor, the "English Platonist," in a complete and uniform edition, spanning 33 hardcover volumes.

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