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Aristotle's Metaphysics Alpha: Symposium Aristotelicum

Carlos Steel and Oliver Primavesi


he volumes of the “Symposium Aristotelicum” have become in the last fifty years the obligatory reference works for all studies on Aristotle. In this 18th volume a distinguished group of scholars offers a chapter-by-chapter study of the first book of Aristotle's Metaphysics. Aristotle presents here his philosophical project as a search for wisdom, which is found in the knowledge of the first principles allowing us to explain whatever exists. As he shows, the earlier philosophers all had been seeking such a wisdom, though they had divergent views on what these first principles were. Before Arist ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, Metaphysics, Greek Text Metaphysics: new edition, Tradition of the Text of Metaphysics, Aristotle on Presocratics, Aristotle on Plato, Aristotle on the first principles, Early Greek Philosophy, Aristotle as historian of philosophy, Plato: doctrine of the Forms and Aristotle's cricism, Philosophy search for Wisdom, Aristotle on causes and principles, The four causes

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199639984
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639984.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carlos Steel, editor
University of Leuven

Oliver Primavesi, author
University of Munich

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