Texas Tech University


Publication Date: 1483

"Three books in one volume. An extremely early incunable printing of Aristotle and among the earliest obtainable printings of the greatest of all philosophers. Goff shows only three copies of the printing in America. Two copies may lack portions of the text. This one being complete. (384-322 bc)

In Aristotle's Politics (eight books), the good of the individual is identified with the good of the city-state. The study of human good is thus a political inquiry, as it is in Plato. Aristotle discusses different types of government, finally preferring monarchy, an aristocracy of men of virtue, or constitutional government of the majority. Slavery is considered natural in Aristotle's politics, because some men are adapted by nature to be the physical instruments of others. Aristotle's Rhetoric treats methods of persuasion; the Poetics is his great contribution to literary criticism.

Called by Dante "the master of those who know," Aristotle mastered every field of learning known to the Greeks. His influence on St. Thomas Aquinas and the medieval world, through the translation of the Arabic scholar Averroes, was profound and enduring." #0024

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