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Classic Surveys on Aristotle and His Philosophy (6 vols.)


Encyclopedia Britannica calls Aristotle “the first genuine scientist in history.” Departing from the tradition of inquiry established by Plato and Socrates before him, Aristotle left the forms and ideals of his teacher, shifting his gaze to what he could touch, taste, and see. Aristotle contributed to nearly every field—from psychology to zoology—prompting Philosopher Bryan Magee to doubt “whether any human being has ever known as much as he did.” His influence—both positive and negative—has been, according to Bertrand Russell, so great that “almost every serious intellectual advance has had to begin with an attack on some Aristotelian doctrine.”

These surveys from leading nineteenth- and twentieth-century classicists introduce the great student of experience. They detail his systems of ethics and logic; explore the dominating impact of his work; and boldly critique his thought, and the sometimes unreserved veneration it received for centuries. Understanding Aristotle is foundational to understanding the way Western people think, learn, act, and worship.

The Logos editions of these valuable volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Study these surveys alongside Aristotle’s collected works. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Powerful searches help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Tablet and mobile apps let you take your study with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

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  • Details Aristotle’s systems of ethics and logic
  • Explores the influence of Aristotle throughout Western philosophy
  • Critiques and compares Aristotle’s philosophy with Platonism

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  • Title: Classic Surveys on Aristotle and His Philosophy
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 1,908
  • Resource Type: Monographs
  • Topic: Philosophy
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  • Author: George Grote
  • Editors: Alexander Bain and G. Croom Robertson
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1883
  • Pages: 691

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George Grote was famous for his histories of ancient Greece. In this volume, Grote provides a brief biography of Aristotle and critical analysis of Aristotle’s treatises, the Physica and Metaphysica. Grote’s work is an excellent introduction to the life and themes of Aristotle.

George Grote (1794–1871) was an English politician and classical historian. He was vice-chancellor of the University of London, president of University College, London, and a foreign member of the Institute of France.

Aristotelianism: The Ethics of Aristotle and The Logical Treatises, the Metaphysics, the Psychology, the Politics

  • Authors: I. Gregory Smith, William Grundy
  • Series: Chief Ancient Philosophies
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 1889
  • Pages: 259

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This volume contains two works on the writings of Aristotle. The first, The Ethics of Aristotle by Isaac Gregory Smith, analyzes Aristotle’s Ethics. Smith pays particular attention to the psychological implications of the Ethics, and includes a helpful appendix of Aristotelian concepts. The second work is William Grundy’s analysis of Aristotle’s treatises on logic, metaphysics, psychology, and politics. Together they are a valuable resource for studying Aristotle’s most important works.

I. Gregory Smith (1826–1920) was rector of Tedstone-de-la-Mere, Hertfordshire.

William Grundy (1880–1961) was an English educator and classicist. He was dean and fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, and headmaster of Malvern College.

Outlines of the Philosophy of Aristotle

  • Author: Edwin Wallace
  • Series: Pitt Press
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date: 1898
  • Pages: 170

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Edwin Wallace takes a big picture view of Aristotelian Philosophy in this volume, tracing major themes throughout his work. Wallace begins with a brief biographical sketch of Aristotle and a history of his writing career. Wallace then outlines Aristotelian logic, metaphyics, nature, psychology, morality, politics, and art according to Aristotle’s work.

Edwin Wallace was a fellow and tutor at Worcester College, Oxford. He earned his LLD from the University of St. Andrews.

A Dissertation on the Philosophy of Aristotle in Four Books

  • Author: Thomas Taylor
  • Publisher: Robert Wilks
  • Publication Date: 1812
  • Pages: 587

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This work from distinguished classicist and translator Thomas Taylor thoroughly exhibits the philosophy of Aristotle. Taylor frequently brings in the voices of other ancient Greek philosophers to flesh out Aristotle’s thoughts. Taylor’s dissertation is a valuable resource for digging deep into the finer points of Aristotelian thought.

Thomas Taylor (1758–1835) was an English translator and classicist. He was the first to translate the complete works of both Aristotle and Plato into English.

Aristotle’s Criticisms of Plato

  • Author: J.M. Watson
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 1909
  • Pages: 90

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Perhaps the most distinct aspect of Aristotle’s philosophy is its departure from Plato’s. Instead of focusing on ideal forms, Aristotle only studied what was perceivable. This dichotomy is still seen by many as philosophy’s greatest conflict. J.M. Watson’s work demonstrates the distinction between these two foundational thinkers, outlining how Aristotle’s thought critiques that of his teacher.

J.M. Watson was Guthrie Scholar at the University of St. Andrews and a scholar of Oriel College, Oxford.


  • Author: Fritz Mauthner
  • Translator: Charles D. Gordon
  • Editor: George Brandes
  • Series: Illustrated Cameos of Literature
  • Publisher: McClure, Phillips & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1907
  • Pages: 111

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In this volume analyzing Aristotle’s influence through the centuries, Fritz Mauthner argues that Aristotle’s dominance over Western thought has been more of a hindrance than a help to scientific and philosophical progress. Mauthner argues that Aristotle’s work was impressively broad, and is useful for its insight into ancient Greek culture, but has otherwise been unduly revered for hundreds of years.

Fritz Mauthner (1849–1924) was an Austro-Hungarian novelist, critic, and philosopher.

About Aristotle

Aristotle (384–322 BC) was born in the Greek colony of Stagirus, on the coast of Thrace. When he was 17, Aristotle went to Athens, where he studied under Plato at the Academy for 20 years. Following the death of Plato, and due to Aristotle’s divergence from platonic ideas, Aristotle left the Academy. He was later hired by Philip of Macedonia as a tutor for his son, Alexander (who would grow up to become Alexander the Great). After tutoring Alexander for five years, Aristotle returned to Athens and founded the Lyceum as a rival to Plato’s Academy. Because he was in the practice of walking while he taught, his followers became known as peripatetics, a Greek word meaning “to walk about.”

Known as the father of logic, Aristotle was the first philosopher to develop a system of reasoning. He was also the first to classify human knowledge into specific disciplines (e.g. mathematics, biology, etc.). He is most famous known for rejecting the platonic theory of forms, setting up a dichotomy that has dominated philosophy to this day.


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