Friday, July 18, 2008
Sattler, Barbara. "Review of Christopher Shield's ARISTOTLE." NDPR (July 2008).
Shields, Christopher. Aristotle. London: Routledge, 2007. Shields' presentation focuses on philosophical problems that are interesting also for a contemporary philosopher. Shields' conception of his book becomes most obvious in contrast to Ross's well-known Aristotle (1923): While Ross gives us a synopsis of every chapter of a work of Aristotle, Shields picks out some central problems and frequently connects them with contemporary philosophical debates, as when he points out both differences and common features between Aristotle's essentialism and modern modal views (p. 105). What one might miss in Shields is an attempt to give us a sketch of the overall project of a whole work of Aristotle's and an explicit indication of the works that Shields does not discuss at all in this introduction, among others, Aristotle's numerous biological works. . . . Read the rest here: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=13685.