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.
Subjects: Philosophy, History
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