Aristotle's De motu animalium: Symposium Aristotelicum

Christof Rapp, Oliver Primavesi, Benjamin Morison

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The book contains the proceedings of the 19th Symposium Aristotelicum (Munich 2011), dedicated to Aristotle's De Motu Animalium, which expounds a common causal explanation of animal self-motion. Besides a philosophical introduction by Christof Rapp and essays on the individual chapters of De Motu Animalium, there is a new critical edition of the Greek text and a philological introduction by Oliver Primavesi, and an English translation of the new text by Benjamin Morison. The philosophical introduction and the essays on the individual chapters aim to give a balanced representation of scholarly debate on the treatise and related issues since the publication of Martha Nussbaum's edition and commentary in 1978. The new edition and translation of the Greek text were made necessary by the discovery, in 2011, of a second, independent branch of the manuscript tradition. The new text, which is the first to be based on a full collation of all forty-seven extant Greek manuscripts, differs in 120 significant cases from the text published by Nussbaum in 1978.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages553
ISBN (Electronic)9780198835561
ISBN (Print)9780198835561
StatePublished - Nov 19 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Animal self-motion
  • Aristotle
  • De Motu Animalium
  • Desire
  • New text
  • Practical syllogism
  • Soul


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