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1 Jun 1997
Aristotle (384 - 322 B.C.) taught logic to Alexander the Great and, by virtue of his philosophical works, to every philosopher since, from Marcus Aurelius, to Thomas Aquinas, to Mortimer J. Adler. Now Adler instructs the world in the "uncommon common sense" of Aristotelian logic, presenting Aristotle's understandings in a current, delightfully lucid way. He brings Aristotle's work to an everyday level. By encouraging readers to think philosophically, Adler offers us a unique path to personal insights and understanding of intangibles, such as the difference between wants and needs, the proper way to pursue happiness, and the right plan for a good life.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (1 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684838230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684838236
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,950,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise, very interesting 9 Jun 1998
By A Customer
For a first introductrion to philosophy, this book provides the reader with an interesting approach to artistotelian modes of thought, through intersting examples and clear defenitions
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 28 July 2013
By ASh
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Bought this one for my wife when she took a shine to looking into philosophy. Not a novel; you need to read this book when there are few distractions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy made fun for anyone who wants to enjoy it! 7 July 2000
By Peter Dykhuis - Published on
This is an absolutely great book. This is the type of book that justifies all of the fluff in the publishing world. This book is written in a way that anyone can not only understand but also enjoy.
This book is 190 pages (Bantam 1978). There are no dull chapters or useless ramblings. All of the chapters and portions build upon each other and grant a continuing greater understanding of Aristotle and philosophy as a whole.
The book can be read in its entirety, as I have done many times, or in pieces and morsels, as I have also done many times for papers and brainstorming.
A very worthwhile read and definite necessity for any balanced library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Correction 14 Aug 2001
By Stuart Smith - Published on
Please disregard the previous remork by "a reader" in San Jose. This books is NOT a "Christian spin" on Aristotle. Adler wrote this book a decade before his conversion to Christianity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An easy to understand summary of Aristotle's Philosophy 25 Oct 2001
By "ospawno" - Published on
I am a firm believer that reading interpretations of philosophical writings is never a substitute for the actual writings. I read this book and gave it to my wife who did not have the benefit of studying Aristotle in a scholastic environment. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand what Aristotle is all about, but doesn't have the time to study all of his works.
In addition, the author has many reference notes that the reader can use to find the original writings to which the book refers. In many ways, the book acts like a good philosophy teacher. Much can be learned by reading the book, and the corresponding works of Aristotle as referenced in the notes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasurable Read 17 July 2000
By ray - Published on
This book makes Aristotle's teachings simple to comprehend and allows the reader to truly understand what the Greek thinker really thought. It was interesting to read Aristotle's ideas on how one should live life and that life should not be difficult if you live by his beliefs. I recommend this book to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An introduction to common sense 29 May 2000
By Joseph H Pierre - Published on
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"No idea in this book is less than 2,400 years old." So says the back cover.

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher, and one of the greatest thinkers and scientific investigators and organizers the world has ever seen. He was born in 384 B.C., and died 62 years later. His father, Nicomachus, was the court physician and a friend of the king. He studied under Plato for twenty years, until the latter's death. Although he criticized Plato's doctrines in later years, he always spoke of his master with greatest reverence.

Many of his popular writings were written in dialogue form, and were modeled in both subject matter and style, after Plato's. The writings which are traditionally attributed to him seem to have come primarily from the works prepared and arranged by Andronicus of Rhodes in about the first century.<P.
He wrote The Treatises on Logic; The Rhetoric and the Poetics; The Work on the first Philosophy (also called The Metaphysics); The Works on Natural Science; and The Ethics and Politics.

Mortimer Adler, the author of this book, says that his sons, Douglas and Philip, 13 and 12 respectively, read his manuscript enthusiastically, and so you may assume that the book is easy to assimilate. Which it is.

Why philosophy? Adler says, I think correctly, that philosophy is everyone's business, to help us understand things we already know better than we now understand them.

And, it is humbling to know, when you finally think you understand something, to find that someone--Aristotle, for example--understood it more than three hundred years before the birth of Christ, and without the benefit of television documentaries.

This book should probably be in your library.

Joseph Pierre,
Author of THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS: Our Journey Through Eternity
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