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p. 11. The Man and His Worklocked

  • Jonathan Barnes

Abstract

‘The man and his work’ describes Aristotle as a scholar whose scientific explorations were as wide-ranging as his philosophical speculations were profound; a teacher who enchanted and inspired. While the facts of his life are lost in the mists of time, his whole career and his every known activity testify to the fact that Aristotle was concerned before all else to promote the discovery of truth and to increase the sum of human knowledge. His output was vast; yet it is more remarkable for its scope and variety than for its quantity. Aristotle’s writings for the most part are terse and his arguments concise — occasionally both tough and vexing.

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