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Aristotle's Metaphysics was the first major study of the subject of metaphysics - in other words, an inquiry into 'first philosophy', or 'wisdom'. It differs from Physics, which is concerned with the natural world: things which are subject to the laws of nature, things that move and change, are measurable. In Metaphysics, the study falls on 'being qua being' - being insofar as it is being; the causes and principles of being, the causes and principles of substances. Aristotle asks, what is existence? How can things continue to exist yet change, and how can we best understand the world we live in?

The work as it has come down to us is a compilation of Aristotle's writing on the subject made in Alexandria in the first century CE, and it proved enormously influential from the Greeks onward, through the medieval and Renaissance periods. In Metaphysics, Aristotle absorbed Plato's view that nature is eternal and unchangeable while accepting that we live in a world that appears full of change. A challenging work, Metaphysics is divided into 14 books. It begins with the causes of things and questions the existence of God, the understanding of 'being' and the concept of 'substance'. It proceeds to consider 'actuality', 'potentiality' and 'unity'.

This first recording, using the clear translation by W. D. Ross, is presented in a measured and comprehensible manner by James Cameron Stewart.

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Heavy going but very rewarding

This book requires high levels of concentration to gain from what’s being said, however is quite a reward if your up for it.

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  • George C.
  • 31-01-2019

For Academics

This is a book for academics. It is dry and frankly more like a never ending logic lecture. If you progressed to this book from Plato's Dialogs, as I did, you will be disappointed. The spirited conversations about what is “virtue” are replaced by a monolithic interpretations about the significance of wood and wooden. I am not saying that this book in no one. But it wasn’t for me. Perhaps I should have done a “Great Courses” on Aristotle first.

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  • Mohad Cheridi
  • 20-01-2018

Very challenging indeed ...

The narrator is very good...Ukemi produces excellent audiobooks.I wish they would do more.

I was expecting a difficult read and so it was...I'll have to listen many many times to begin to understand...unfortunately time is limited and so many books to listen ..

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  • Dino Valente
  • 31-05-2017

More relevant and needed than ever before!!!

Philosophy at it's best. Everything from Descartes onwards has been a total flop.

The solution is Aristotle. Where science at it's best is philosophy and where philosophy at it's best is science.

The narrator has really made this book come alive.

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  • Jesse
  • 26-08-2020

Chapter navigation

Really appreciate the brief summaries at the beginning of each chapter. They make it much easier to navigate. Now if only they could give the chapters descriptive titles in the table of contents!

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  • Dan
  • 13-01-2021

A dispute of historical theories

Aristotle opines on the historic theories that preceded his ontology in somewhat painful detail.

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  • Chesterton Cobb
  • 29-12-2020

Wow.

Worth rereading a hundred times until it makes sense. The reader does an incredible job with a very dry text.

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