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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc (1 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872203395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872203396
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terence Irwin is Professor of Ancient Philosophy in the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Keble College. Gail Fine is Professor of Philosophy, Cornell University.


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I purchased this book to help me along in my third year of an honours degree in Philosophy. I highly recommend it to students of all levels as either the perfect introductory text or a handy resoursce for reference or additional insight.

This is a fine collection of introductory texts to one of the great early philosophers. The author's comments and insight are particularly useful also. No serious student of philosophy should pass up giving this a read.
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HASH(0x9b40c468) out of 5 stars not useful - get fuller volume 18 Jan. 2004
By Mr. S. Koller - Published on Amazon.com
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Irwin's and Fine's translations merit a five-star rating. They are expert scholars who have for decades been at the forefront of Aristotle research. Besides 100% technical accuracy they helpfully subscript (i) Aristotle's keyterms which can't be uniformly translated and (ii) those keyterms which have only one English equivalent ('form', 'being', 'knowledge', etc).
However, I warn customers NOT to get this book (I made the mistake) but instead get Fine and Irwin's "Aristotle: Selections" (Hackett 1995) from which the "Introductory Readings" are excerpted. You'll need their full glossary and the more extensive notes if you want to understand Aritotle AT ALL. In that regard Introductory Readings is useless and that's why it merits a one-star.
Two coments in closing.
1) Every translation of Aristotle is an interpretation, and Irwin's and Fine's even more so than others due to its high frequency of interpolations. It's therefore indispensable to have another reader - say, Ackrill's (Princeton 1987) - beside you to compare what's going on.
2) "Selections" contains Irwin's phenomenal translation of the Nichomachean Ethics. However, if you are predominantly interested in that work be sure to get Irwin's full translation (Hackett 1999) first. His extensive commentary, targeted at beginners, scores a ten-star!
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HASH(0x9b40c4e0) out of 5 stars A must have for philosophy students 28 Oct. 2012
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I needed the book Introductory Readings for my philosophy class. The book helps understand the ideals and arguments of Aristotle. It was written especially for students. Introductory Readings was originally in Greek, so the translation done by Hackett Publishing is by far one of the most understandable, since it is hard to translate Greek to English. I would highly recommend picking this up if you want to understand philosophy a bit more, since philosophy is confusing if you easily get lost with philosophical ideas that can just throw you off. However, if you like reading the works of famous philosophers you should not pass this book up.
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HASH(0x9b494588) out of 5 stars Easy to Read 8 Sept. 2013
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I am currently reading this book for a course. It is easy to read and understand. I also like it because I purchased it on my kindle fire. No waiting. I received the book as soon as I paid for it.
HASH(0x9b235ac8) out of 5 stars Doesn't even attempt to decipher A's complex, intertwined assertions ... 6 Feb. 2016
By Robert C. Dean - Published on Amazon.com
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Doesn't even attempt to decipher A's complex, intertwined assertions to get to the core of what he is saying. Nor do most other Aristotle studies, unfortunately. I'm still looking.
HASH(0x9b34c84c) out of 5 stars but the readings were so good that I had to hold onto it for my ... 18 Dec. 2015
By JD - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book for an intro to philosophy course, but the readings were so good that I had to hold onto it for my own personal library.
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