Originally published in 1973. Aristotle’s early works probably belong to the formative era of his philosophic thought and as such contribute vitally to the understanding and evaluation of the development of his philosophy. This book shows that the philosophy propagated in these lost works indicates an undeniable Platonism, and thus seems to conflict with the basic doctrines in the traditional treatises collected in the Corpus Aristotelicum. Was the author of the lost early works and the later preserved treatises one and the same person, or were some of these treatises written by members of the Early Peripatus? This, the second of two volumes, discusses in detail certain decisive aspects of Aristotle’s early works. Fascinating hypotheses and conjectures put forward here provoke discussion and further investigation in the ‘Aristotelian Problem’.
Introduction 1. The Probable Dates of Some of Aristotle’s Lost Works 2. A Note on Some of the Minor Lost Works of Aristotle 3. Aristotle’s First Literary Effort: The Gryllus – A Work on the Nature of Rhetoric 4. Eudemus or On the Soul: An Aristotelian Dialogue on the Immortality of the Soul 5. The Psychology in Aristotle’s Eudemus or On the Soul 6. Aristotle’s On Justice 7. A Brief Account of the Reconstruction of Aristotle’s Protrepticus 8. An Emendation to Fragment 13 (Walzer, Ross) of Aristotle’s Protrepticus 9. What Prompted Aristotle to Address the Protrepticus to Themison of Cyprus? 10. The Term ‘Philosopher’ and the Panegyric Analogy in Aristotle’s Protrepticus 11. Aristotle’s Politicus 12. The Probable Date of Aristotle’s On Philosophy 13. A Cosmological (Teleological) Proof for the Existence of God in Aristotle’s On Philosophy 14. The Concept of God in Aristotle’s On Philosophy (Cicero, De Natura Deorum 1. 13. 33) 15. The Doctrine of the Soul in Aristotle’s On Philosophy 16. Aristotle’s On Philosophy and the ‘Philosophies of the East’ 17. Aristotle’s Criticism of Plato’s ‘Philosopher King’: Some Comments on Aristotle’s On Kingship. Conclusion. Postscript: Werner Jaeger and the Reconstruction of Aristotle’s Lost Works. Notes. Index of Ancient Authors. 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.