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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2004
Strathern briefly gives a background of Aristotle's life and teaching. Strathern uses his search for evidence of Aristotle at his birthplace in Stagira, Greece as a vehicle for pointing out the continued poignancy of Aristotle. The inclusion of quotes from Thomas Kuhn and Nietzsche, (whether you agree with their viewpoints or not), highlight that Aristotle is still a relevant topic of discussion. The importance of the rediscovery of Aristotle by Islamic Spain was welcome. I was glad also to see a quote from Aristotle where he didn't get it right: "people who have sharp-ended noses are easily angered, much like dogs".
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on August 31, 1999
Strathern is a master at this kind of work, which mixes biography, critical analysis, historical context and humor all in a concise, informative & entertaining package. He lists a time line for the philosopher, his place in world/philosophic history & a selection of works for furthur reading. This series of books by Strathern is a wonderful course in Philosophy 101 without ever having to go to college!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Strathern's book on Aristotle is a great little book. He manages to capture the main elements of Aristotle's work in just a few pages and adds personal information about Aristotle's life and times, which brings the book to life. For someone who doesn't have much time to read philosophy but who wants to learn something about Aristotle, this book is a great introduction.
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on June 30, 2000
Strathern has done a wonderful, a masterful, job in selecting the words of Aristotle himself that illuminate the mind and intent of this great thinker. What keeps this book from a 5 star rating is Strathern's postmodern axe that he annoyingly grinds via Thomas Kuhn and Nietzsche.
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on December 2, 2000
I wrote a review about this book but apparently you only display positive ones. How sad. I have purchased a number of products from Amazon,often using the reviews as a guide. I will know better next time(if there is a next time).
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