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Nature volume 113, pages 776777 (31 May 1924) | Download Citation



OXFORD has done her part in studying and introducing Aristotle to English readers. The most familiar editions and translations of his works are by Oxford men, and Balliol, in memory of its greatest master, initiated a complete version which is still being issued by the University Press. Mr. Ross, of Oriel, now deputy professor of moral philosophy, has done the greater part of this great work, and it has provided him with the material for the very useful book which we have now before us. He explains its purpose clearly in a short preface o not a criticism or a historical disquisition, but an attempt to present and sum up the philosopher's doctrine in a single manageable volume. It is eminently successful. It would be difficult to name any other thinker for whom the task has been carried out. It is not a little book about Aristotle, but Aristotle himself boiled down, clarified, and arranged in readable and logical shape; an excellent idea to apply to the works of other great men who are too voluminous to be-properly digested in the original in our overburdened age.

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