The Story of Aristotle's Philosophy

Read by Pamela Nagami

(4.8 stars; 36 reviews)

This little Blue Book No. 39, by Will Durant, deals with Aristotle (384-322 B.C.E.), a Macedonian pupil of Plato, who became the teacher of Prince Alexander. While his pupil went off to conquer the world, Aristotle returned to Athens and founded his school, the Lyceum. There he amassed the first great collection of plants and animals and laid the foundations of biology, logic, literary theory, ethics, and political science. Departing from abstract Platonic universals, Aristotle described such natural processes as the developing embryo of the chick. He saw the universe as matter in motion with God as its first impulsive force. Aristotle was skeptical of Utopias. Social evils do not "arise out of the possession of private property," he wrote, but "from quite another source--the wickedness of human nature." At the theater he said we enjoy tragedies which elicit pity and terror, but in everyday life Aristotle counseled balance, reason, dignity and the golden mean in all things. (Pamela Nagami, M.D.) (2 hr 6 min)


A Word to the Reader 1:46 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 1: The Historical Background 12:50 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 2: The Work of Aristotle 12:16 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 3: The Foundation of Logic 13:22 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 4: The Organization of Science 19:47 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 5: Metaphysics and the Nature of God 7:37 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 6: Psychology and the Nature of Art 6:34 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 7: Ethics and the Nature of Happiness 13:17 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 8: Politics, Pt. 1 8:56 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 8: Politics, Pt. 2 15:24 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 9: Criticism 10:30 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 10: Later Life and Death 4:28 Read by Pamela Nagami


Lovely Recording

(5 stars)

I like the critique view of Will Durant, however it violently posed to tell the listener what to think of Aristotle rather than explicitly telling "of" Aristotle... it seemed like a judge on whom Aristotle was rather than a report on this philosophy, accomplishments and way of life. thanks for the great recording


(5 stars)

amazing bring back philosophy in our school s & colleges