Dr Lloyd writes for those who want to discover and explore Aristotle's work for themselves. He acts as mediator between Aristotle and the modern reader. The book is divided into two parts. The first tells the story of Aristotle's intellectual development as far as it can be reconstructed; the second presents the fundamentals of his thought in the main fields of inquiry which interested him: logic and metaphysics, physics, psychology, ethics, politics, and literary criticism. The final chapter considers the unity (...) and coherence of Aristotle's philosophy, and records briefly his later influence on European thought. This is a concise and lucid account of the work of a difficult and profound thinker. Dr Lloyd's business is only with the essentials; but he does not shirk the difficulties which arise in their interpretation, nor does he invest Aristotle with a spurious modernity. (shrink)
BL The new edition includes an expanded and updated commentary and bibliography The translation stays close to the Greek, and is followed by an interpretive and critical commentary The books translated in this volume are fourth, fifth, and sixth in the traditional ordering of Aristotle's Metaphysics. All three books contain important material on being, substance, `accident', unity, truth, cause, and other such concepts.
One of the theses defended by Aristotle in Nicomachean Ethics books VII and X is that pleasure is good or is one of the good things : and Aristotle thinks that it follows from this that the best thing is a pleasure, or is pleasure in a certain way. Among his arguments for the latter we find the following:The fact that all things, both brutes and men, pursue pleasure is an indication that the best thing is in a certain way (...) that. (shrink)