Book review: Aristotle. His Life and School , written by Carlo Natali

Book review: Aristotle. His Life and School , written by Carlo Natali Aristotle. His Life and School . Edited and translated by D.S. Hutchinson (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013), xix + 219 pp. $29.95. isbn . The present work is a meticulous translation of Carlo Natali’s Bios Theoretikos : La vita di Aristotele e l’organizzazione della sua scuola (Bologna, 1981). It is not clear whose decision it was to remove the words bios theoretikos from the translated title of the work. The omission is of some significance since one of Natali’s original interpretive claims is that Aristotle ‘opens up the road to a special way of understanding the idea of “doing philosophy” that was different from his predecessor’ (p. 71). This is the ‘theoretical life’ of the title. Natali says that Aristotle represents ‘a new kind of intellectual’ whose ‘interests seemed to centre around research rather than the teaching and the political training of students’ (p. 64). In one of his rare incursions into an analysis of the written works of Aristotle, Natali argues that the ethical works support his interpretation (p. 82). His claim naturally invites the question of the relation of the theoretical life of Aristotle to the lives of Plato and the other members of the Academy. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought Brill

Book review: Aristotle. His Life and School , written by Carlo Natali

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Brill
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Book Reviews
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0142-257x
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Aristotle. His Life and School . Edited and translated by D.S. Hutchinson (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013), xix + 219 pp. $29.95. isbn . The present work is a meticulous translation of Carlo Natali’s Bios Theoretikos : La vita di Aristotele e l’organizzazione della sua scuola (Bologna, 1981). It is not clear whose decision it was to remove the words bios theoretikos from the translated title of the work. The omission is of some significance since one of Natali’s original interpretive claims is that Aristotle ‘opens up the road to a special way of understanding the idea of “doing philosophy” that was different from his predecessor’ (p. 71). This is the ‘theoretical life’ of the title. Natali says that Aristotle represents ‘a new kind of intellectual’ whose ‘interests seemed to centre around research rather than the teaching and the political training of students’ (p. 64). In one of his rare incursions into an analysis of the written works of Aristotle, Natali argues that the ethical works support his interpretation (p. 82). His claim naturally invites the question of the relation of the theoretical life of Aristotle to the lives of Plato and the other members of the Academy.

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Published: Aug 15, 2014

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