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Aristotle : his life and school /
Carlo Natali ; edited by D. S. Hutchinson.
imprint
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2013.
description
xix, 219 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN
0691096538 (Cloth), 9780691096537 (Cloth)
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imprint
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2013.
isbn
0691096538 (Cloth)
9780691096537 (Cloth)
general note
Translated from the Italian.
catalogue key
8779569
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"This is the best account of Aristotle's life in print. Carlo Natali has given us a critical biography at once truly authoritative and highly accessible--a rare achievement. At the same time, his lucid and compelling narrative offers a distinctive view of the raison d'ĂȘtre of Aristotle's school. There is nothing else of anything like the same stature in English that one could recommend either to students or scholars--and this book will appeal to both."--Malcolm Schofield, professor emeritus, University of Cambridge "Very well conceived and finely executed, this is a first-rate book about Aristotle not just as a collection of texts but as a living, breathing historical figure working in a particular context. It is eye-opening, thoughtful, deft, eminently sensible, and accessible. By placing familiar things in surprising new contexts, Carlo Natali invariably manages to put new spins on old themes."--John P. Lynch, professor emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz
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"What was it like for Aristotle to be a foreigner in Athens? What did it take for him to found a school independent of his friends? What happened in his classroom? And what was it like to adopt philosophy as an aristocratic lifestyle? Carlo Natali's highly readable biography of Aristotle brings to life a very complex subject. Natali acknowledges the merits of Jaeger's great biography of the philosopher, but I would now recommend Natali's even more highly."-- Richard Sorabji, Wolfson College, University of Oxford "This is the best account of Aristotle's life in print. Carlo Natali has given us a critical biography at once truly authoritative and highly accessible--a rare achievement. At the same time, his lucid and compelling narrative offers a distinctive view of the raison d'tre of Aristotle's school. There is nothing else of anything like the same stature in English that one could recommend either to students or scholars--and this book will appeal to both."-- Malcolm Schofield, professor emeritus, University of Cambridge "Very well conceived and finely executed, this is a first-rate book about Aristotle not just as a collection of texts but as a living, breathing historical figure working in a particular context. It is eye-opening, thoughtful, deft, eminently sensible, and accessible. By placing familiar things in surprising new contexts, Carlo Natali invariably manages to put new spins on old themes."-- John P. Lynch, professor emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz
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"What was it like for Aristotle to be a foreigner in Athens? What did it take for him to found a school independent of his friends? What happened in his classroom? And what was it like to adopt philosophy as an aristocratic lifestyle? Carlo Natali's highly readable biography of Aristotle brings to life a very complex subject. Natali acknowledges the merits of Jaeger's great biography of the philosopher, but I would now recommend Natali's even more highly."--Richard Sorabji, Wolfson College, University of Oxford "This is the best account of Aristotle's life in print. Carlo Natali has given us a critical biography at once truly authoritative and highly accessible--a rare achievement. At the same time, his lucid and compelling narrative offers a distinctive view of the raison d'ĂȘtre of Aristotle's school. There is nothing else of anything like the same stature in English that one could recommend either to students or scholars--and this book will appeal to both."--Malcolm Schofield, professor emeritus, University of Cambridge "Very well conceived and finely executed, this is a first-rate book about Aristotle not just as a collection of texts but as a living, breathing historical figure working in a particular context. It is eye-opening, thoughtful, deft, eminently sensible, and accessible. By placing familiar things in surprising new contexts, Carlo Natali invariably manages to put new spins on old themes."--John P. Lynch, professor emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz
Summaries
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The contents of this book include 'The Biography of Aristotle: Facts, Hypotheses, Conjectures', 'Institutional Aspects of the School of Aristotle', 'The Internal Organization', and 'Studies of Aristotle's Biography from Zeller to the Present Day'.
Main Description
This definitive biography shows that Aristotle's philosophy is best understood on the basis of a firm knowledge of his life and of the school he founded. First published in Italian, and now translated, updated, and expanded for English readers, this concise chronological narrative is the most authoritative account of Aristotle's life and his Lyceum available in any language. Gathering, distilling, and analyzing all the evidence and previous scholarship, Carlo Natali, one of the world's leading Aristotle scholars, provides a masterful synthesis that is accessible to students yet filled with evidence and original interpretations that specialists will find informative and provocative. Cutting through the controversy and confusion that have surrounded Aristotle's biography, Natali tells the story of Aristotle's eventful life and sheds new light on his role in the foundation of the Lyceum. Natali offers the most detailed and persuasive argument yet for the view that the school, an important institution of higher learning and scientific research, was designed to foster a new intellectual way of life among Aristotle's followers, helping them fulfill an aristocratic ideal of the best way to use the leisure they enjoyed. Drawing a wealth of connections between Aristotle's life and thinking, Natali demonstrates how the two are mutually illuminating. For this edition, ancient texts have been freshly translated on the basis of the most recent critical editions; indexes have been added, including a comprehensive index of sources and an index to previous scholarship; and scholarship that has appeared since the book's original publication has been incorporated.
Table of Contents
Preface (2013)p. vii
Introduction (1990)p. 1
The Biography of Aristotle: Facts, Hypotheses, Conjecturesp. 5
Many Facts, Not All of Equal Interestp. 5
Stagirap. 6
A Family of Notablesp. 8
A Provincial Pupilp. 17
A Sudden Interruptionp. 31
At the Courts of Princes and Kingsp. 32
Atarneusp. 32
Macedoniap. 42
The Adventure of Callisthenesp. 52
Athens Revisitedp. 55
Trial and Flightp. 60
From Traditional Customs, a New Modelp. 64
Institutional Aspects of the School of Aristotlep. 72
The Three Conditions of the Theoretical Life in Aristotlep. 72
The Organization of Theoria: The Nature and Organization of the Philosophical Schoolsp. 77
The Organization of Theoria: Philosophical Schools and Permanent Institutionsp. 83
Subsequent Eventsp. 90
Internal Organization of the School of Aristotlep. 96
The Collections of Booksp. 96
Methods of Gathering and Interpreting Informationp. 104
Teaching Supports and Instruments of Researchp. 113
Teaching While Strollingp. 117
Studies of Aristotle's Biography from Zeller to the Present Dayp. 120
Sources of Aristotle's Biographyp. 120
Texts of Aristotlep. 120
Official Documentsp. 124
Ancient Biographies of Aristotlep. 125
The Testimonia of Ancient Authorsp. 130
Images of Aristotle from the Nineteenth Century to the Presentp. 135
Postscript (2012)p. 145
Notes to: ch. 1p. 153
p. 170
p. 175
p. 177
Index of Sourcesp. 181
epigraphyp. 181
papyrip. 181
ancient authorsp. 181
ancient biographies of Aristotlep. 193
modern collections of evidencep. 194
Bibliographical Indexp. 196
Index of Persons and Placesp. 211
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