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WERNER JAEGER ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF ARISTOTLE’S METAPHYSICAL THOUGHT

(This is the first post in a series of studies on Werner Jaeger's work on Aristotle's philosophical development. Follow these links to find the other parts: Post 2Post 3, and Post 4.)

Introduction to, and difficulties with, Jaeger’s Method
            In his renowned work on Aristotle, Werner Jaeger, using the methods of form criticism and the evolutionary view of the development of thought[1], presents his theory concerning the development of Aristotle’s philosophical thought (see part 2 of this study here). He introduces his project by explaining that his main purpose will be to show that there is a process of development in Aristotle’s work. He seeks to maintain this theory over against Aristotelian tradition before him, who, so he claims, views Aristotle’s works as static, “The main reason why no attempt has yet been made to describe Aristotle’s development is, briefly, the scholastic notion of his philosophy as a static system of conceptions.”[2] Throughout his study of A…