“IT IS THE MARK OF AN EDUCATED MIND TO BE ABLE TO ENTERTAIN A THOUGHT WITHOUT ACCEPTING IT": First editions in English of each volume of the works of aristotle; translated by thomas taylor
The Organon or, Logical Treatises of Aristotle; History of Animals of Aristotle and His Treatise on Physiognomy; The Treatises of Aristotle on the Parts and Progressive Motion of Animals, His Problems and His Treatise on Indivisible Lines; The Great, and Eudemian, Ethics, The Politics, and Economics of Aristotle; The Rhetoric, Poetic, and Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle; The Metaphysics of Aristotle.
Aristotle; Translated by Thomas Taylor.
Item Number: 54080
London: Printed for the Author by Davis, Wilks, and Taylor, 1807- 1812.
First editions in English of each volume of the Works of Aristotle (The Metaphysics of Aristotle is the 1812 preferred edition). Quarto, six volumes, uniformly bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands. Translated by Thomas Taylor. In very good condition with light toning to the text. A rare and desirable set of Aristotle.
Aristotle's philosophical works covered an incredibly broad range of subjects including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, rhetoric, politics and government; constituting the first comprehensive system of Western Philosophy. Through these many branches, Aristotle sought the universal; his aim was to discover the essential nature of being, becoming, existence and reality which he believed could be achieved through detailed systems of logic and classification. Aristotle’s works on natural history, particularly observations of the sea-life visible from the island of Lesbos, are some of the earliest known to have survived and include one of the earliest classification systems. Aristotle’s Metaphysics is considered to be his principal work as well as the first major work in metaphysical philosophy itself. “It forms the highest step in Aristotle’s system, and deals with the first principles of all existence. Here he grapples with the deepest questions of philosophy” (Peck, 130). Translated by Thomas Taylor, a leading English classicist of the day. “In his knowledge of Plato and Aristotle he has never been equaled by any Englishman, and he is still the most important disseminator of ancient philosophy in the history of English and American literature” (Axon, 11).
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