Aristotle's Metaphysics, Bks. Α, α, and Β

Western philosophy might well be a series of footnotes to Plato, but these footnotes mostly took the form and used the terminology provided by Aristotle.  This reading group will aim to achieve a thorough grounding in Aristotelian thought, hoping thereby to gain deeper insight into everything that has followed.

Our tentative reading schedule is as follows:

Wk. 1. Categories and On Interpretation
Wk. 2. Prior Analytics
Wk. 3. Posterior Analytics
Wk. 4. Topics (Bks. I-IV)
Wk. 5. Topics (Bks. V-VIII)
Wk. 6. Sophistical Refutations
Wk. 7. Physics (Bks. I & II)
Wk. 8. Physics (Bks. III & IV)
Wk. 9. Physics (Bks. V & VI)
Wk. 10. Physics (Bks. VII & VIII)
Wk. 11. Metaphysics (Bks. Α, α, and Β [I-III])
Wk. 12. Metaphysics (Bks. Γ, Δ, and Ε [IV-VI])
Wk. 13. Metaphysics (Bks. Ζ, Η, and Θ [VII-IX])
Wk. 14. Metaphysics (Bks. Ι and Κ [X & XI])
Wk. 15. Metaphysics (Bks. Λ, Μ, and Ν [XII-XIV])
Wk. 16. On the Heavens (Bk. I; Bk. 2, Chs. 13-14; Bks. III & IV)
Wk. 17. On Generation and Corruption
Wk. 18. On the Soul
Wk. 19. History of Animals (Bk. V, Ch. 1; Bk. VIII, Ch. 1; Bk. IX, Ch. 1); Parts of Animals (Bk. I, Chs. 1-5; Bk. II, Ch. 1); Generation of Animals (Bk. I, Chs. 1, 17-18, and 20-23)
Wk. 20. Nicomachean Ethics (Bks. I-V)
Wk. 21. Nicomachean Ethics (Bks. VI-X)
Wk. 22. Politics (Bks. I-IV)
Wk. 23. Politics (Bks. V-VIII)
Wk. 24. Rhetoric (Bks. I & II)
Wk. 25. Rhetoric (Bk. III) and Poetics

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  • Rey L.

    I would like to attend, but it would be first meeting for me. Is it ok to jump in at the middle of the series?

    1 · December 14, 2012

    • Erik C.

      Yes, it would be great if you came. This will actually be the first day of the Metaphysics, so you won't jump in the middle of a book at least.

      December 15, 2012

  • Richard McAvoy S.

    For the time being, I am not able to come onweekends. I trust your discussions will be Wonder full.

    December 14, 2012

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