Maarten Maartensz

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This is the Table Of Contents (TOC) of this html-edition of Aristotle's "Metaphyics" in the translation of W.D. Ross, which is available on the internet at various places. In the present html-edition, each so called Book is in a file of its own.

The texts that follow have many links, and come all with a group of usually four arrows at the beginning and the end of each text, that look thus:
These have in general the following effect when clicked:

- previous file
- Table of Contents
- Notes or Text associated with the file
- next file

Every file of Aristotle's text links to a file with my notes [eventually, if I find the health to do so: Not found and not done as yet], the links to which are between square brackets as in "[1]". In order to allow the reader to read my notes independently, they all start with a quotation in blue of the passage they annotate, and that generally ends with the link to the note in Aristotle's text.

Because the passages I annotate are repeated in my Notes, it is possible to read the Notes without reading the Text that is annotated. However, each file of Notes has at its beginning a link to the Text it annotates, and likewise that Text has at its beginning a link to my Notes to it, and as explained each Note also has a link to the Text and the place is is quoted from

Those who download my edition of Aristotle's "Metaphysics" and my notes should realize that the links to and from the notes are retained only if they are placed in directory-structures of the following form:

     "/Metaphysics/"            - that includes Aristotle's textfiles and the TOC
Metaphysics/Notes/"   - that includes my textfiles of notes

How this directory and its subdirectory are otherwise attached to a filesystem on the computer you use is irrelevant, but the above is required for having the many links work when reading off line.

It should also be mentioned that there are three related texts concerned with the foundations of morals on my site with my comments, namely Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding and Leibniz's "Nouveaux Essays" and "Monadology" that are also well worth reading. The first is in the same format as this edition of the Metaphysics, and the others in a similar format, again all with my extensive comments.

Two final remarks on the text of Ross's translation and the text of my own notes respectively:

  • The text of Ross's translations is at quite a few other places on the internet, in various editions and formats. I have corrected the one I found first that seemed decent, and on a few places where the mistakes seemed obvious - repetition of words, or missing or redundant letters - without bothering to indicate this. Those who want to be certain that the html of Ross's translations is completely correct should also consult a paper edition of it.

  • The text of my notes has my copyright, in the sense of my note on copyright of the material on my site.

On July 10, 2012 I have uploaded my html version 0 of Ross's translation of Aristotle's text, as yet without my notes.

So, more needs to be done, but at present I don't have the health for it. But I have wanted an edition of Aristotle's Metaphysics on my site for a long time now, and at least that is there now.

Maarten Maartensz
July 10, 2012

(Last edited: 10 Jul 2012)