To Be Published November 26th 2013 by Routledge – 480 pages
Series: The Routledge Philosophers
In this extensively revised new edition of his excellent guidebook, Christopher Shields introduces the whole of Aristotle’s philosophy, showing how his powerful conception of human nature shaped much of his thinking on the nature of the soul and the mind, ethics, politics and the arts.
Beginning with a brief biography, Shields carefully explains the fundamental elements of Aristotle’s thought: his explanatory framework, his philosophical methodology and his four-causal explanatory scheme. Subsequently he discusses Aristotle’s metaphysics and the theory of categories and logical theory and his conception of the human being and soul and body.
The last part concentrates on Aristotle’s value theory as applied to ethics and politics, and assesses his approach to happiness, virtues and the best life for human beings. It concludes with an appraisal of Aristotelianism today. This second edition includes five new sections on key issues such as Luck, Perception, and Mimêsis; as well an expanded treatment of Aristotle’s historical legacy.
Life and Works 1. Explaining Nature and the Nature of Explanation 2. Thinking 3. Aristotle’s Early Ontology 4. Puzzles of Nature 5. Substance and the Science of Being qua Being 6. Living Beings 7. Living Well 8. Political AssociationRhetoric and the Arts 9. Aristotle’s Legacy. Index
Christopher Shields is a Tutorial Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and Professor of Classical Philosophy at the University of Oxford, UK. His books include Order in Multiplicity: Homonymy in the Philosophy of Aristotle (1999), Classical Philosophy: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge, 2003) and (with Robert Pasnau) The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas (2003). He is editor of The Blackwell Guide to Ancient Philosophy (2002) and The Oxford Handbook on Aristotle (2007).