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The possession rather than the receptivity is the divine element which thought seems to contain, and the act of contemplation is what is most pleasant and best. If, then, God is always in that good state in which we sometimes are, this compels our wonder; and if in a better this compels it yet more. And God is in a better state. And life also belongs to God; for the actuality of thought is life, and God is that actuality; and God’s self-dependent actuality is life most good and eternal. We say therefore that God is a living being, eternal, most good, so that life and duration continuous and eternal belong to God; for this is God.   – From Aristotle’s, God

Aristotle CONCEPTS – Research a KeyWord in Aristotle Works

Aristotle anthology (In English and Greek side by side) :

God / Divine thought / Nature / Substance of the elements / Knowledge of principles and causes / The most certain principle / One

Aristotle Works – Full Text (in English):

Athenian Constitution ||| Categories ||| Dreams ||| Gait of Animals ||| Generation And Corruption ||| Heavens ||| History Of Animals ||| Interpretation ||| Longevity And Shortness Of Life ||| Memory And Reminiscence ||| Metaphysics ||| Meteorology ||| Motion Of Animals ||| Nicomachean Ethics ||| Parts Of Animals ||| Physics ||| Poetics ||| Politics ||| Posterior Analytics ||| Prior Analytics ||| Prophesying By Dreams ||| Rhetoric ||| Sense And The Sensible ||| Sleep And Sleeplessness ||| Sophistical Refutations ||| Soul ||| Youth And Old Age, Life And Death, Breathing

Aristotle Works (full text) in GREEK (18 MB, pdf)

An Introduction to the Politics of Aristotle

Aristotle: how to escape enslavement, inferiority and dissatisfaction

J. Marshall, Introduction to Aristotle

D’Arcy W. Thompson, Aristotle’s Natural Science

Aristotle: The birth of poetry & Poetical reason reveals the universality of existence in probability

Aristotle: Europeans, Asians, and Greeks

Plato Home Page

Aristotle at Amazon

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6 Comments

  1. gina

    Does anyone know which text the following quote by Aristotle can be found in?

    “The man who is incapable of working in common, or who in his self sufficiency has no need for others, is no part of the community, like a beast or god.”

  2. See Aristotle’s, Politics 1253a : “εἰ γὰρ μὴ αὐτάρκης ἕκαστος χωρισθείς͵ ὁμοίως τοῖς ἄλλοις μέρεσιν ἕξει πρὸς τὸ ὅλον͵ ὁ δὲ μὴ δυνάμενος κοινωνεῖν ἢ μηδὲν δεόμενος δι΄ αὐτάρκειαν οὐθὲν μέρος πόλεως͵ ὥστε ἢ θηρίον ἢ θεός.”

  3. Anthony

    Does anyone know which text the following quote by Aristotle can be found in?

    Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.

  4. Your sentence seems to be a later apophthegm based on Aristotle. Cf. Aristotle’s Politics 1281b-1282a.

  5. Ted

    Strobaeus, describing the pythagoreans, wrote about the concepts of peiron and apeiron. Anyone know the reference or could anyone give me a lead?

  6. Hi Ted,

     

    There are many fragments of Stobaeus related with this concept, not only one or two. Perhaps you should get a copy of Stobaeus, or, first, download Guthrie’s History of Greek Philosophy, vol. I, The early Presocratics and the Pythagoreans, where Pythagorean philosophy is presented and many references to Stobaeus are to be found.

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