Aristotle: The Desire to Understand

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This is a 1988 philosophical introduction to Aristotle, and Professor Lear starts where Aristotle himself starts. The first sentence of the Metaphysics states that all human beings by their nature desire to know. But what is it for us to be animated by this desire in this world? What is it for a creature to have a nature; what is our human nature; what must the world be like to be intelligible; and what must we be like to understand it systematically? Through a consideration of these questions Professor Lear introduces us to the essence of Aristotle's philosophy and guides us through the central Aristotelian texts - selected from the Physics, Metaphysics, Ethics, Politics and from the biological and logical works. The book is written in a direct, lucid style which engages the reader with the themes in an active, participatory manner.
 

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The desire to understand
1
Nature
15
2 Understanding and the why
26
3 Four fashions
28
4 The hearts of animals
43
Change
55
2 The analysis of change
60
the infinite
65
2 Happiness and mans nature
160
3 Virtue
164
4 Incontinence
174
5 Freedom and virtue
186
6 The masterslave dialectic
192
Understanding the broad structure of reality
209
2 Aristotles philosophy of mathematics
231
the inquiry into being as being
247

the infinity of time
74
Zenos arrow
83
Mans nature
96
2 Perception
101
3 Mind
116
4 Active mind
135
5 Mind in action
141
Ethics and the organization of desire
152
4 The most certain principle of being
249
5 What is substance?
265
6 A tourists guide to Metaphysics VII
273
7 Minds place outside of nature
293
8 Mans place outside of nature
309
Select bibliography
321
Index
327
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Considered one of the most independent and perceptive analysts of contemporary intellectual culture, Jonathan Lear has authored several thought-provoking works including Aristotle and Logical Theory; Aristotle: The Desire to Understand; Love and Its Place In Nature; A Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian Psychoanalysis; and Open Minded, among others. He is a member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and has been recognized as John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor.

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