This is a concise, accessible and student-friendly introduction to a key text in Ancient Philosophy. "Aristotle's Metaphysics" is an extremely rich and important philosophical work, unique in that it is an inquiry devoted to discovering a doctrine, rather than a treatise that defends a doctrine. It was the first major text in the field of metaphysics and has proven immensely influential throughout the history of philosophy. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest philosophical works, yet is also notoriously complex. "Aristotle's Metaphysics: A Reader's Guide" presents a concise and accessible introduction to the text, offering invaluable guidance on: philosophical context; key themes; reading the text; reception and influence; and, further reading. "Continuum Reader's Guides" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to key texts in literature and philosophy. Each book explores the themes, context, criticism and influence of key works, providing a practical introduction to close reading, guiding students towards a thorough understanding of the text. They provide an essential, up-to-date resource, ideal for undergraduate students.
Edward Halper is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Georgia, USA. His publications include One and Many in Aristotle's Metaphysics (Parmenides Press, 2005) and Form and Reason: Essays in Metaphysics (SUNY Press, 1993).
1. Context; 2. Overview of Themes; 3. Reading the Text; 4. Reception and Influence; 5. Further Reading; Notes; Index.