Aristotle is quite straight forward due to his dry, but to-the-point prose. If you've a knowledge of basic philosophical concepts, you'll be fine. Just read slowly, take notes, and drink some good tea.
W.D. Ross - Aristotle Christopher Shields - Aristotle
He's not the kind of guy you can just jump into, you need to understand some basic concepts. When it comes to his works, you should start by reading Categories, Physics and Metaphysics. Some sort of introductory lesson on classical logic would be almost essential as well.
>>7320035 >Aristotle is quite straight forward due to his dry, but to-the-point prose.
>Hasnt read the metaphysics
>In the 19th century, with the rise of textual criticism, the Metaphysics was examined anew. Critics, noting the wide variety of topics and the seemingly illogical order of the books, concluded that it was actually a collection of shorter works thrown together haphazardly. Werner Jaeger further maintained that the different books were taken from different periods of Aristotle's life.
>>7319406 Hard for me to offer a general introduction; most of the general introductions I've read are pretty awful (and this includes Jaeger's work, which you should avoid like the plague while you're beginning with Aristotle; come back to him later when you've hashed out your own views a bit more).
Maybe start by selecting one book to focus on, and then look up any ancient commentaries on it to read alongside it. Even if you dislike him or disagree with his own positions, Aquinas's commentaries are very clear, and they really do help to untangle knotty passages.
And, if you have some access to the Greek, Heidegger's 20s lectures are very good, and genuinely philologically astute, and there's a lot to learn about Aristotle from him.
Modern commentaries tend to be a bit hit or miss, with way more repetition in the scholarship than anyone should ever have to suffer through, but here are some suggestions I have:
Eric Salem - In pursuit of the Good: Intellect and Action in Aristotle's Ethics Aristide Tessitore - Reading Aristotle's Ethics: Virtue, Rhetoric, and Political Philosophy Christopher Long - The Ethics of Ontology: Rethinking an Aristotelian Legacy Lorraine Pangle - Aristotle and the Philosophy of Friendship Ronna Burger - Aristotle's Dialogue with Socrates: On the Nicomachean Ethics
Susan Collins - Aristotle and the Rediscovery of Citizenship Peter Simpson - A Philosophical Commentary on the Politics of Aristotle
Christopher Bruell - Aristotle as Teacher: His Introduction to a Philosophic Science W.D. Ross - Aristotle's Metaphysics Joseph Owens - The Doctrine of Being in the Aristotelian Metaphysics
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