This page features a collection of the best resources on Aristotle. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want a comprehensive overview of Aristotle:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Aristotle. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 21,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces Aristotle:
“Aristotle (384–322 B.C.E.) numbers among the greatest philosophers of all time. Judged solely in terms of his philosophical influence, only Plato is his peer: Aristotle’s works shaped centuries of philosophy from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance, and even today continue to be studied with keen, non-antiquarian interest…”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
- Listen to Peter Adamson discuss Aristotle’s Life and Works on the History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps podcast [20:47 mins]
If you’d like to read a short passage from a classic work of philosophy:
- Read this short passage from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics on virtue as a mean between two vices [1800 words]
If you’d just like to casually browse a few quotes:
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on Aristotle
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