Aristotles' 'Metaphysics' is one of the most important texts in Ancient Philosophy. This GuideBook looks at the Metaphysics thematically and takes the student through the main arguments found in the text. The book introduces and assesses Aristotle's life and the background to the Metaphysics, the ideas and text of the Metaphysics and Aristotle's philosophical legacy.
1. Aristotle's Metaphysics 2. Metaphysics as the Science of the Ultimate Explanations of all Things 3. Metaphysics as the Science of Being, Qua Being, Primary being and Non-Primary Being 4. The Principle of Non-Contradiction 5. The Search for Primary Being 6. The First Cause of Change, God 7. The Criticism of Plato's Theory of Forms
Routledge Philosophy GuideBooks painlessly introduce students to the classic works of philosophy. Each GuideBook considers a major philosopher and a key area of their philosophy by focusing upon an important text – situating the philosopher and the work in a historical context, considering the text in question and assessing the philosopher’s contribution to contemporary thought.
Edited by Tim Crane, University of Cambridge and Jonathan Wolff, University College London