ETHICS OF] ARISTOTLE

ETHICS OF] ARISTOTLE

(London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1902).

FIRST OF THE EDITION IN A HANDSOME BINDING, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS IN OF ALL ARISTOTELIAN THOUGHT. A very handsome edition of Aristotle printed on finely made paper in private press style. The attractive bindings complement both the printing and the dignity of the subject. Reverend Daniel Percy Chase was a well regarded scholar and translator at Oxford University.
The work of Aristotle (384 -322 B.C.) is the cornerstone of any collection of classical literature. His writings spanned philosophy, history, politics and natural and physical science. “Aristotle is not only one of the great classical philosophers, the master of every branch of ancient knowledge: his method still underlies all modern thinking.” The Nichomachean Ethics is one of his later finished works and represents thinking that is more independent of Plato than before.
Aristotle believed that all things are substances and separate, although related. He held that some things are attributes having “existence only as being some substance affected in some way” and that “without substances there is nothing, and nothing is universal apart from individual substances.” Thus, it is this philosophy of substantial things that is distinct from Plato’s philosophy. Plato argued that universal values such as beauty and truth were “real” and ephemeral, material things were “unreal.” In contrast, “to Aristotle the answer is that all things are substances, not all supernatural, not all in the mind; some are natural substances, and these, and the relations between them, form the subject matter of all Aristotle’s works.”
“Unlike other classical writers Aristotle retained his fame throughout the Middle Ages, largely through the works of Thomas Aquinas, Albertus Magnus and Averroes...” [PMM] He serves as one of the foundations of modern thought, his monumental importance to our societal consciousness virtually indescribable. Item #31945

2 volumes. First edition thus, revised from the translation by D.P. Chase published 1847. With the half-title to each volume and printed on the finest thick Humphreys paper. Title-pages in red and black and with handsome 5-line historiated and decorated initial-caps throughout. Large, tall 8vo, handsomely bound for Hatchards of Piccadilly in three-quarter dark-green crushed morocco over green cloth covered boards, the spines beautifully decorated in an Arts and Crafts style incorporating vertically designed giltwork and lettering in gilt in two compartments, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, marbled endleaves. [iv], 275; [iv], 261 pp. A fine and very handsome set of this highly important work, some mellowing down to the green at the spine panels and turnovers as is typical with the colour.

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