Books that Changed Humanity | Aristotle’s Metaphysics


Books that Changed Humanity is an initiative of the Humanities Research Centre, based at the Australian National University. The HRC invites experts to introduce and lead discussion of major texts from a variety of cultural traditions, all of which have informed the way we understand ourselves both individually and collectively as human beings.

Join us as Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington (School of History) introduces and discusses Aristotle's Metaphysics.

Untitled. Unstable. Wonderful. Dangerous. If you had the chance to write the rules for the world, would you put wonder in charge of that process? This talk explores the long, global impact of Aristotle’s attempts to make sense of the world in a ‘first philosophy’ that crosses boundaries, from the sacred to the secular, universal to the specific, from understanding things to understanding ourselves, from one approach to knowledge to another, and from the unethical to the ethical. No background in history or philosophy is needed to enjoy this talk, and all are warmly welcome.

All members of the public are welcome to come, listen, and share their thoughts about this great work of literature.

Date & time

Fri 25 Oct 2019, 5.30–7pm


Theatrette (2.02), Sir Roland Wilson Building, Building #120, McCoy Circuit, ANU


Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington (School of History)


Penny Brew
02 6125 4357


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