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".
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!
on November 21, 1999
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.