Aristotle made contributions of lasting and fundamental importance to philosophy, and is considered one of the most brilliant philosophical minds in history. In The Philosophy of Aristotle, world-renowned scholar Alan Code introduces the main concepts, methods of inquiry and doctrines found in Aristotle’s writings on logic, natural science, metaphysics, ethics, and political science. Throughout, Code gives particular emphasis to the concepts of substance and nature, and their systematic use in Aristotle’s work. Code addresses the role of Aristotle’s subject and predicate in logic and his use of syllogistic logic in the analysis of the structure of science. He discusses Aristotle’s natural science, and the analysis of physical substances as composites of matter and form. The idea that the form of a living thing is its soul is explored in connection with both psychology and biology. The primacy of form is then examined from the perspective of Aristotle’s metaphysics of substance. The book concludes with an overview of the main features of Aristotle’s practical philosophy, paying special attention to the role that the concept of human happiness plays in his ethical and political thought. A critical read for those wishing to study the work of Aristotle.
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Alan Code is professor of philosophy at University of California, Berkeley.
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