ISBN : 9780198744177
The volumes of the 'Symposium Aristotelicum' have become the obligatory reference works for all studies on Aristotle. In this eighteenth volume a distinguished group of scholars offers a chapter-by-chapter study of the first book of Aristotle's Metaphysics. Aristotle presents here his philosophical project as a search for wisdom, which is found in the knowledge of the first principles allowing us to explain whatever exists. As he shows, the earlier philosophers had been seeking such a wisdom, though they had divergent views on what these first principles were. Before Aristotle sets out his own views, he offers a critical examination of his predecessors' views, ending up with a lengthy discussion of Plato's doctrine of the Forms. Book Alpha is not just a fundamental text for reconstructing the early history of Greek philosophy; it sets the agenda for Aristotle's own project of wisdom after what he had learned from his predecessors.
List Of Participants ESSAYS 1: Giuseppe Cambiano: The Desire to Know (Metaphysics A 1) 2: Sarah Broadie: A Science of First Principles (Metaphysics A 2) 3: Rachel Barney: History and Dialectic (Metaphysics A 3, 983a24-4b8) 4: Gabor Betegh: 'The Next Principle' (Metaphysics A 3-4, 984b8-985b22) 5: Malcolm Schofield: Pythagoreanism: emerging from the Presocratic fog (Metaphysics A 5) 6: Carlos Steel: Plato as seen by Aristotle (Metaphysics A 6) 7: Stephen Menn: Critique of Earlier Philosophers on the Good and the Causes (Metaphysics A 7-A 8 989a18) 8: Oliver Primavesi: Second thoughts on some Presocratics (Metaphysics A 8, 989a18-990a32) 9: Dorothea Frede: The Doctrine of Forms under Critique (Metaphysics A 9, 990a33-991b9) 10: Michel Crubellier: The Doctrine of Forms under Critique (Metaphysics A 9, 991b9 - 993a10) 11: John M. Cooper: Conclusion - and Retrospect (Metaphysics A 10) Bibliography EDITION Oliver Primavesi: A Revised Text of Metaphysics Oliver Primavesi: Text of Metaphysics INDEXES Index locorum Index of Modern Names Subject Index