Aristotle's reliance on dialectic as a method of philosophy appears to conflict with his metaphysical realist view of his conclusions. This book explores Aristotle's philosophical method and the merits of his conclusions, and shows how he defends dialectic against the objection that it cannot justify a metaphysical realist's claims. The author does not presuppose extensive previous acquaintance with Aristotle. Greek texts are translated, and Greek words transliterated.
Readership: Ancient philosophers and classicists.
Terence Irwin, Professor of Philosophy, Cornell University
"`Undoubtedly a major work - scholarly, learned, detailed ... Irwin's book will certainly be something for Aristotelians to discuss for a long time.'
Times Higher Education Supplement"
"`T.H. Irwin's rich book ... is vastly learned ...The argument is always based on a scholarly perusal of the texts; and it is usually presented with philosophical subtelty and precision ... He writes of Aristotle with admiration and with love; and his affection gives a charming blush to a serious book ... already a classic of its kind.'
Jonathan Barnes, The Times Literary Supplement"
"'The book is elegantly printed, and conspicuously well proof-read.'
Christopher Kirwan, Exeter College, Oxford, Journal of Hellenic Studies, Volume CX, 1990"
"'an emminently readable reference book to the history of the field'
Pat Haggard, New Scientist, 20 April 1991"
"`its great strength is that, in spite of its length and scope, Irwin never loses his grip upon a central, organising thesis.'
Canadian Philosophical Reviews"
"`This is a very good book. It has much that is original. It is comprehensive ... It is critical ... this is a really important book, and a provocative one; it must be pondered by all who deal seriously with Aristotle.'
"`remarkable ... This is a scholarly and philosophical work of the first magnitude ... one can only admire the intellectual achievement this book represents, and be grateful for how much there is to learn from it.'