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Bloomsbury Studies in the Aristotelian Tradition

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The books in this series discuss Aristotle’s ideas across different times, contexts, and authors by way of a variety of historical, literary, and philosophical approaches. Studying all facets of Aristotle’s thought, the series will offer new insights into language, logic, metaphysics, natural and moral philosophy, as well as cover all corners of the world, both East and West, from Pagan to Christian, Jewish, and Islamic. The aim is to supply a canvas on which to paint a clear picture of Aristotelianism in all its complexity and nuances. The book series promotes new approaches to Aristotelian philosophy and its history, giving special attention to the use of interdisciplinary methods and insights, such as those developed by historians of ideas, as well as intellectual and cultural historians. Volumes containing papers of eminent scholars and proceedings of relevant conferences would also be published under the same banner in a bid to ensure access to the latest research on the subject. Books in the series will be subject to blind peer-review by at least two reviewers who would assess manuscripts that have been accepted for consideration.

Proposal form
Please download the proposal form for the Bloomsbury Studies in the Aristotelian Tradition from this link and return it via email to: Andrew Wardell, Linguistics and Philosophy andrew.wardell@bloomsbury.com

Series editor
Marco Sgarbi, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice


Editorial board
Klaus Corcilius, Berkeley University
Victor Salas, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit
Leen Spruit, Radboud University Nijmegen
Anna Marmodoro, Corpus Christi College, The University of Oxford
Craig Martin, Oakland University
Oliver Leaman, University of Kentucky
Riccardo Pozzo, CNR-Rome
Daniel Garber, Princeton University
Renée Raphael, University of California, Irvine
Carlo Natali, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice 



Alfred N. Whitehead famously said that the Western philosophical tradition “consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” For the last two thousand years, however, Aristotle’s influence has been even greater than that of Plato. Aristotle undoubtedly owed a deep debt to Plato. But as Anthony Kenny has pointed out, the scope of Aristotle’s philosophy “was broader and his judgment sounder than that of his master, and it would be absurd to see him only as the first and greatest of history’s footnotes”. The special relationship between Aristotelian philosophy and Western culture is problematic, not least because Aristotle meant different things to different people at different times. Unsurprisingly, it has led philosophers to adopt different readings of the Aristotelian corpus and to therefore wonder whether the Aristotelian complexion of certain tenets can be separated from interpretations of Aristotle himself and the transmission of his thought. ‘Aristotelianism’ is an incredibly polysemous word, capable of encapsulating often conflicting definitions. The need to define its contours is urgent. The aim of the series is to give rise to a clear characterisation of Aristotelianism in all its complexity and nuances. Emphasis will be laid not just on blind rehearsals of Aristotle’s ideas but, primarily, on notions and belief that emerged from or in opposition to Aristotelian doctrine and developed an autonomy of their own. The series will include a variety of works focused on the Aristotelian tradition(s), broadly construed, and/or on the reception of Aristotle’s ideas and works. Each monograph will fall in one or more of the categories below:

  1. The meaning and interpretation of Aristotelianism and methodologies in the study of its history.
  2. The history of Aristotle at particular time and/or in particular place, e.g. Aristotle in the Renaissance, Aristotle in the French Enlightenment, Aristotle in China.
  3. The impact of Aristotle’s philosophy on one or more authors, e.g. Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle, Hobbes and Aristotle, Aristotle in the Thought of Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo and Newton, McDowell and Aristotle.
  4. The impact of Aristotle’s corpus and/or philosophy on one or more disciplines, e.g. Aristotle’s Poetics and its impact on Art, Aristotle and Economic Theory and Sociology, Aristotle and Rational Choice, Aristotle’s Rhetoric and Poetics and Linguistic Theories Ancient and Modern.
  5. The development of Aristotelian ideas or problems, e.g. A History of Aristotelian Teleology, A History of Aristotelian Syllogism, A History of Aristotle’s Phronesis.
  6. Contemporary Aristotelian philosophy, e.g. Aristotle after Wittgenstein, Nussbaum and Aristotle.



Forthcoming in September 2016!



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