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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: 14 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,349,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jun. 1998
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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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This is an absolute genius of a book. The world is in a mess because of the wrong direction modern philosophy has taken starting with Occam,Descartes and going on to the crazy theories of Kant, Hegel, Hume, Locke. Feuerbach, Marx and most of the post modern madness. In Aristotle there is sanity and Adler explains why. If his teaching became standard in our modern universities the world would be a much happier and safer place.
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By Julio Cesar on 14 Feb. 2015
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One of the most essential introductions to Aristotle together with Olavo de Carvalho's "Aristotle in new perspective". Precise, written in Aristotelian logic manner.
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By ASh on 28 July 2013
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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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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Philosophy made fun for anyone who wants to enjoy it! 7 July 2000
By Peter Dykhuis - Published on
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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.
46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
An easy to understand summary of Aristotle's Philosophy 25 Oct. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
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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.
45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Correction 14 Aug. 2001
By Stuart Smith - Published on
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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.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Pleasurable Read 17 July 2000
By ray - Published on
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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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Difficult reading made readable (and fascinating) 4 May 2005
By Michael Strassberg - Published on
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This book is wonderful! For those who have tried to read Aristotle's books, you know that they can be extremely opaque and almost impossible to follow. Although the philosopher's ideas are among the greatest achievements in thought, his books seemingly rarely follow a clear, logical progression. There are many times when he explores a tangential idea which contributes to his main thesis, and this can be confusing and frustrating for those (like me) who are accustomed to clear, sequential unfolding of arguments and thought. In addition, Aristotle may discuss the same idea, in different aspects, in several different works. It is virtually impossible for the amateur to process this information, from several different works, into one unified philosophical construct, which develops clearly and understandably. This is where Adler succeeds superlatively. He synthesizes Aristotles thoughts clearly and sequentially, drawing from his various works. Adler draws from the Metaphysics, Categories, and Generation and Corruption to give us a unified about the philosopher's ideas about matter, form, change and development. He does this kind of synthesis in all of his chapters. Matter, change, forms and levels of existence, purpose, the nature of the human mind, society, the soul, and God are explored. Each chapter builds upon the ideas elucidated in previous chapters, so the book flows seamlessly. Additionally, there are no difficult philosophical terms used; it is at a layman's level of understanding. Perfect for an introduction to Aristotle. I also recommend W. T. Jones "The Classical Mind" and Jonathan Lear "Aristotle: The Desire to Understand."
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