Thursday, May 26, 2016

Metaphysics By Aristotle

Primary Sources:

1) Aristotle. Metaphysics. Trans. Joe Sachs. Santa Fe: Green Lion Press, 1999. Print.

2) Aristotle. "Metaphysics." Greek Philosophy Thales to Aristotle. Ed. Reginald E. Allen. New York: The Free Press, 1991. 307-383. Print.

Note: This book is an anthology.  It does not have the "Metaphysics" in its entirety.  However, this book is an excellent resource for introductory purposes.

3) Aristotle. Metaphysics. Trans. Richard Hope. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1960. Print.

4) Aristotle. Metaphysics. Trans. Hugh Lawson-Tancred. London: Penguin Group, 1999. Print.

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5) LibriVox has an audiobook of Aristotle's "Metaphysics," which can be found by following the link directly below:

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Secondary Sources:


1) Anagnostopoulos, Georgios., ed. A Companion to Aristotle. Malden: Blackwell Publishing, 2013. Print.

Note: This is an anthology.  It is not entirely dedicated to Aristotle's "Metaphysics."  Part III of the book is dedicated to Aristotle's theoretical knowledge, which includes 7 essays dedicated to examining Aristotle's "Metaphysics."  The reason we cite the entire book is because it a valuable resource for research on all things Aristotle.

2)  Barnes, Jonathan., ed. The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. Print.

Note: This is also an anthology.  It is not dedicated entirely to Aristotle's "Metaphysics."  Pages 66-108 are dedicated to discussing it, however.  Despite it not being entirely dedicated to Aristotle's "Metaphysics," it is still a valuable resource for conducting research.

3) Politis, Vasilis. Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Aristotle and the Metaphysics. London: Routledge, 2004. Print.

We usually list valuable and relevant journal articles and other books at this point.  However, the Stanford Encyclopedia has already put together an extensive compilation of primary and secondary sources specifically for Aristotle's "Metaphysics."  So, we highly recommend anybody doing research on Aristotle's "Metaphysics" to go HERE (link takes you to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy SEP) to get a bird's eye view of the literature.  The sources herein, primary and secondary, are enough to get one started but the SEP should not be avoided.


1) These two videos are by Dr. Arthur F. Holmes of Wheaton College.  The lectures are good for beginners and intermediate level students.  Undergraduates and graduate students will find these useful.  They are, however, probably not best suited for those who already have a substantial background in this field.  Nonetheless, they are valuable resources for research.

2) Dr. Sadler provides an introduction to Aristotle's "Metaphysics."  This is a purely introductory lecture.  A very good lecture but focused on familiarizing beginners with "Metaphysics."

3) These two videos are also by Dr. Sadler and they are also focused on providing beginners with an introduction to Aristotle's "Metaphysics."  As a matter of fact, these two videos only cover Book 1 in the "Metaphysics."  These videos, however, are valuable for doing research.   

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