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Aristotele, "il maestro di color che sanno", secondo la celebre formula dantesca, per molti secoli è stato considerato il Filosofo, e quasi il simbolo stesso della ragione umana. Ancor oggi, le prospettive aperte dallo Stagirita mantengono un'intatta vitalità: se la sua logica e la sua epistemologia sono state riscoperte nella loro grandiosa architettura, le sue analisi ontologiche sono tornate al centro del dibattito filosofico. Varie correnti dell'etica contemporanea hanno posto in luce la straordinaria attualità del pensiero pratico di Aristotele, mentre un'attenzione sempre più viva si proietta anche sulle sue indagini di filosofia naturale. In tale quadro, la presente introduzione alla filosofia aristotelica «può essere collocata sullo stesso piano degli studi più importanti su Aristotele degli ultimi decenni» (H. Flashar) e rappresenta uno strumento prezioso per quanti cercano un accesso filologicamente rigoroso e filosoficamente affidabile ai testi dello Stagirita. Emerge dal libro la complessa immagine di un filosofo criticamente aperto a tutte le vie del pensiero e attento, in parallelo, a coniugare l'ispirazione strutturale con un approccio fortemente problematico ai temi di volta in volta affrontati.
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In this stunning act of synthesis, Abraham Edel captures the entire range of Aristotle's thought in a manner that will prove attractive and convincing to a contemporary audience. Many philosophers approach Aristotle with their own, rather than his, questions. Some cast him as a partisan of a contemporary school. Even the neutral approach of classical scholarship often takes for granted questions that reflect our modern ways of dissecting the world. Aristotle and His Philosophy shows him at work in asking and answering questions. Abraham Edel fashions a sound comparative way of using current analysis to deepen our understanding of Aristotle rather than argue with or simply appropriate him. Edel examines how Aristotle's basic ideas operated in his scientific and humanistic works, what they enabled him to do, what they kept him from doing, and what in turn we can learn from his philosophical experimentation. The purpose of this volume is twofold: to provide a comprehensive introduction to Aristotle's thought, and to throw fresh light on its patterned and systematic character. First, tracing the pattern in Aristotle's metaphysical and physical writings, he then explores the psychology, epistemology, ethics and politics, rhetoric and poetics. In the process, Edel discusses the way interpretations of Aristotle are built up and how different philosophical outlooks-Catholic, Hegelian, Marxian, linguistic, naturalistic, and pragmatic-have affected the reading of Aristotelian texts and ideas. The new introduction probes the general problem of interpreting a philosophy, and suggests how working through the different interpretations can contribute to a fuller understanding. This methodological self-consciousness makes Aristotle and His Philosophy markedly different from other studies of Aristotle. Martha C. Nussbaum of Brown University has described Edel as having "philosophical sensitivity and good sense throughout. His scholarship is comprehensive, but handled with grace and clarity."
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This book explores the ways in which Aristotle's legacy was appropriated and reshaped by vernacular readers in Medieval and Renaissance Italy. It considers translation in a broad sense, looking at commentaries, compendia, rewritings, and abridgments alongside vernacular versions of Aristotle's works. Translation is thus taken as quintessential to the very notion of reception, with a focus on the dynamics - cultural, social, material - that informed the appropriation and reshaping of the 'master of those who know' on the part of vernacular readers between 1250 and 1500. By looking at the proactive and transformative nature of reception, this book challenges traditional narratives about the period and identifies the theory and practice of translation as a liminal space that facilitated the interaction between lay readers and the academic context while fostering the legitimation of the vernacular as a language suitable for philosophical discourse.
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