Commentary

[in chronological order]

Aristotle’s Teaching in the “Politics” by Thomas Pangle

- Pangle, Thomas. Aristotle’s Teaching in the “Politics.” Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.
In this work, Thomas Pangle offers a detailed, brilliant interpretation of Aristotle’s Politics, that argues, among other things, that “Aristotle’s public theorizing about political practice is a highly self-conscious form of political… More

One and Many in Aristotle’s Metaphysics

- Halper, Edward,  One and Many in Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Alpha - Delta, Parmenides Press, 2009.
From the publisher: Edward Halper’s three-volume One and Many in Aristotle’s ‘Metaphysics’ contends that Aristotle argues for his central metaphysical doctrines by showing that they alone resolve various versions of what is known as “the… More

Aristotle’s ‘Politics’: A Reader’s Guide

- Swanson, J. Aristotle’s ‘Politics’: A Reader’s Guide. Continuum Press, 2009
Excerpt: ” Related to the subject of Aristotle on natural justice and nature generally, is the disputed unity of his corpus. Aristotle wrote a number of works on a number of subjects and maintains that different degrees of precision are obtainable about… More

Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics” Book VII

- Natali, Carlo. Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics” Book VII. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Excerpt: ” Book VII  appears to be the sum of two different logoi,  the first dedicated to weakness of the will and other on desirable states of mind, and the second to pleasure. Each logos  has the aspect of an independent short treatise, with its… More

Aristotle’s Dialogue with Socrates in the “Nicomachean Ethics”

- Burger, Ronna, Aristotle's Dialogue with Socrates: On the "Nicomachean Ethics," Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.    
Ronna Burger of Tulane University considers Aristotle’s Ethics not as a conventional treatise but as a dialogue with the Platonic Socrates. Excerpts from Reviews: “This is a work of distinction that will be indispensable for all serious students of… More

Aristotle, Politics, Book I: A Reconsideration

- Winthrop, Delba. "Aristotle, Politics, Book I: A reconsideration." Perspectives on Political Science 37.4 (Fall 2008).
Modern science, particularly Thomas Hobbes, begins with a broad attack on Aristotle intended to replace “Aristotelity” in the universities. This attack, however, was superficial and never properly reconsidered when Hobbes and his cohort were in… More

Aristotle and the Rediscovery of Citizenship by Susan Collins

- Collins, Susan. Aristotle and the Rediscovery of Citizenship. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Excerpt: “The Aristotelian tradition became almost moribund with the success of modern liberalism and of attacks such as those of Hobbes on the many “absurdities” of the “old Morall Philosophers,” Aristotle chief among them. Yet today… More

Aristotle on Memory

- Richard Sorabji, Aristotle on Memory. University of Chicago Press, Chicago IL, 2006.
From the publisher: Richard Sorabji, a noted philosopher in his own right, here offers a new edition of his 1972 translation of De Memoria here with commentary, summaries, and three essays comparing Aristotle’s accounts of memory and recollection. For… More

Happy Lives and the Highest Good: An Essay on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

- Lear, Gabriel. Happy Lives and the Highest Good: An Essay on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. Princeton: Princeton U. Press, 2004.
Excerpt: “Aristotle invites us to conceive of the human good as a special kind of end.  In the very first line of the Nicomachean Ethics he says “Every  craft and every inquiry, and likewise every action and every choice, seem to aim at some… More

Major Works

The Physics

- Aristotle’s Physics: A Guided Study by Joe Sachs Rutgers Press, New Brunswick: 1995
From the publisher: Aristotle’s Physics is the only complete and coherent  book we have from the ancient world in which a thinker of the first rank seeks to say something about nature as a whole. For centuries, Aristotle’s inquiry into the causes and… More

De Anima

- De Anima: On the Soul and On Memory and Recollection trans. Joe Sachs Green Lion Press, 2001
from Joe Sachs’s introduction to On the Soul: “The inner life of the animal presents itself to us in its outer activity, and teaches us that we too dwell innately in our bodies. When the bird flies away, and doesn’t bump into the branches… More

The Metaphysics of Aristotle

- The Metaphysics of Aristotle, trans Joe Sachs Green Lion Press: 1999
From the publisher: Joe Sachs has followed up his brilliant translation of Aristotle’s Physics with a new translation of Metaphysics. Sachs’s translations bring distinguished new light onto Aristotle’s works, which are foundational to… More

Poetics

- Aristotle. On Poetics. Translated by S. Benardete and M. Davis. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine Press, 2002.
First lines: “I propose to treat of Poetry in itself and of its various kinds, noting the essential quality of each, to inquire into the structure of the plot as requisite to a good poem; into the number and nature of the parts of which a poem is… More

Nicomachean Ethics

- Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. Robert Bartlett and Susan Collins trans. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011
First lines of the Ethics: “Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and pursuit, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim. But a certain difference is… More

Politics

- Aristotle: The Politics. trans. Carnes Lord, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984
First lines: “Every state is a community of some kind, and every community is established with a view to some good; for mankind always act in order to obtain that which they think good. But, if all communities aim at some good, the state or political… More

Multimedia

Aristotle’s God

- Lecture 3, Aristotle's God, of PHL 354/CTI 335, History of Christian Philosophy, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2013

Steven Smith – Intro to Political Philosophy: Aristotle II

- Smith, Steven B., "Introduction to Political Philosophy," Open Yale Courses, 24 lectures, Fall 2006.
About the course: This course is intended as an introduction to political philosophy as seen through an examination of some of the major texts and thinkers of the Western political tradition. Three broad themes that are central to understanding political life… More

Metaphysics

- International Catholic University video clip from a course by Ralph McInerny on the Metaphysics of Aristotle.

Steven Smith – Intro to Political Philosophy: Aristotle I

- Smith, Steven B., "Introduction to Political Philosophy," Open Yale Courses, 24 lectures, Fall 2006.
About the course: This course is intended as an introduction to political philosophy as seen through an examination of some of the major texts and thinkers of the Western political tradition. Three broad themes that are central to understanding political life… More