A Portrait of Aristotle

Grene, Marjorie. A Portrait of Aristotle. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963.


“To the painter of a portrait many liberties are conceded. He may be selective and subjective, may choose his distance and angle of vision, and may decide which features are to stand out in bold relief and which are to be reduced in scale or even wholly omitted. Mrs. Grene  has made the fullest use of these liberties. Some of her readers are likely to agree with her that the essential Aristotle is to be found in the biological treatises and that once we have come to know Aristotle’s forma mentis  in his biological research we  may recognize its manifestation also in the Metaphysics.”

Review from Isis Vol. 55, No. 3.