Review by Choice Review
Roochnik (Boston Univ.) believes that the world is in crisis, suffering from scientific hubris and the environmental ills created by people, a loss of meaning, and a view of the world that is unlivable. In the midst of this crisis, he suggests, what needs to be recovered are all of those views of Aristotle now easily dismissed as false, from the eternality of the stars to teleology in nature and human life to the need for a good city. Roochnik has an easy grasp of Aristotelian scholarship and presents his exegesis of the texts clearly in defense of his claim that Aristotle provides an "as-we-experience-it" understanding of the world that is both accurate and valuable. Against a host of critics and conversation partners, from Francis Bacon to Richard Dawkins and from Daniel Gilbert to John Rawls, Roochnik offers a coherent and intriguing polemic, both scholarly and surprising. He defends Aristotle's privileging of appearances, limits, and place, and his valuing of thinking/theorizing and of the purpose of life against the claim that such a view is anthropocentric. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. J. D. Sands Wise Georgetown College
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