Originally published in 1973. The predominantly historical approach in this book heralds a belief that a better understanding of Aristotle the man, and the salient events of his life, leads to a greater insight into his work as a philosopher. This, the first of two volumes, presents interpretations of Aristotle’s life, widely interesting to any Aristotle scholars.
Preface. Introduction 1. A Brief Account of the (Lost) Vita Aristotelis of Hermippus and of the (Lost) Vita Aristotelis of Ptolemy (-el-Garib) 2. The Vita Aristotelis of Dionysius of Helicarnassus 3. An Analysis of the Vita Aristotelis of Diogenes Laertius 4. A Summary of the Syriac and Arabic Vitae Aristotelis 5. The Genealogy and Family of Aristotle 6. Aristotle and Callisthenes of Olynthus 7. Aristotle Enters the Academy 8. Aristotle’s Earliest ‘Course of Lectures on Rhetoric’ 9. Aristotle Leaves the Academy 10. Was Aristotle Actually the Chief Preceptor of Alexander the Great? 11. Aristotle’s Return to Athens in the Year 335-34 BC 12. Aristotle’s Flight from Athens in the Year 323 BC 13. Aristotle, Athens and the Foreign Policy of Macedonia 14. The Myth of Aristotle’s Suicide 15. Aristotle’s Last Will and Testament 16. Aristotle’s Religious Convictions 17. Aristotle’s ‘Self-Portrayal’. Conclusion. Notes. Index of Ancient Authors and Sources. Index of Modern Authors
Reissuing works originally published between 1938 and 1993, this set offers a range of scholarship covering Aristotle’s logic, virtues and mathematics as well as a consideration of De Anima and of his work on physics, specifically light. The first two books are in themselves a pair, which investigate the philosopher’s life and his lost works and development of his thought.