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Aristotelian Interpretations (Hardcover) (Fran O'Rourke)
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Aristotle's phrase 'Every realm of nature is marvellous' serves as an underlying and unifying motif for this volume of original essays. Aristotelian Interpretations considers themes of perennial interest, offering new avenues of interpretation, illustrating how Aristotle's thought may be creatively applied to a variety of timeless and contemporary questions. Apart from the final chapter - a comprehensive survey of the extensive and penetrating influence of Aristotle on James Joyce - they are concerned with central topics in metaphysics, aesthetics, political anthropology, ethics, and theory of knowledge. The volume presents an integral survey of Aristotle's philosophy emphasizing that, far from being just a figure of historical interest, his vision is still alive and relevant. While many of Aristotle's empirical suppositions are archaic, his deeper intuitions have ageless validity. His philosophy is marked by a robust common sense, an optimistic trust in nature, confidence in the human mind's capacity to discover truth and value, and an abiding sense of all-embracing beauty. The author's introduction describes early personal experiences that inspired his affection for a distinctively Aristotelian approach to the world.