Aristotle: Introductory Readings Paperback – 1 Oct 1996
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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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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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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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