What We Are Reading Today: Aristotle: His Life and School  

Updated 04 September 2018

What We Are Reading Today: Aristotle: His Life and School  

AUTHOR: Carlo Natali, Edited by D. S. Hutchinson

 

This definitive biography shows that Aristotle’s philosophy is best understood on the basis of a firm knowledge of his life and of the school he founded.

First published in Italian, and now translated, updated, and expanded for English readers, this concise chronological narrative is the most authoritative account of Aristotle’s life and his Lyceum available in any language. Gathering, distilling, and analyzing all the evidence and previous scholarship, Carlo Natali, one of the world’s leading Aristotle scholars, provides a masterful synthesis that is accessible to students yet filled with evidence and original interpretations that specialists will find informative and provocative.

Cutting through the controversy and confusion that have surrounded Aristotle’s biography, Natali tells the story of Aristotle’s eventful life and sheds new light on his role in the foundation of the Lyceum. Natali offers the most detailed and persuasive argument yet for the view that the school, an important institution of higher learning and scientific research, was designed to foster a new intellectual way of life among Aristotle’s followers, helping them fulfill an aristocratic ideal of the best way to use the leisure they enjoyed.

Drawing a wealth of connections between Aristotle’s life and thinking, Natali demonstrates how the two are mutually illuminating.

For this edition, ancient texts have been freshly translated on the basis of the most recent critical editions; indexes have been added, including a comprehensive index of sources and an index to previous scholarship; and scholarship that has appeared since the book’s original publication has been incorporated.


Chrissy Teigen loses baby after pregnancy complications

Updated 01 October 2020

Chrissy Teigen loses baby after pregnancy complications

DUBAI:  US model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen has suffered a miscarriage, she revealed on social media on Thursday morning. The mother-of-two was pregnant with her third child with her husband, singer John Legend.

“Driving home from the hospital with no baby,” she wrote on Twitter. “How can this be real.”

Teigen had been taken to the Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles a couple of days ago after suffering heavy bleeding. Teigen, 34, later announced she had lost her baby, writing in a statement on social media: “We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before.

“We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough,” she wrote on Thursday morning. 

Teigen shared the tragic news with a black-and-white picture showing her sitting in a hospital bed in tears, with her hands seemingly clasped in a prayer like position. 

The model, who has two other children, a girl named Luna and a boy named Miles with Legend, revealed that the couple decided to call their unborn child Jack.

“We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever,” she wrote.

“To our Jack - I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you,” she added.

The couple first announced they were expecting their third child together in Legend’s music video for his song, “Wild,” released on Aug. 13. 

Teigen retweeted the video, which had a caption that teased: “Watch it now for a beautiful surprise.” In the video’s final moments, Teigen rubs her growing belly as her husband embraced her.

The model joins a list of celebrities who have also opened up about pregnancy loss in recent years. Others include the former first lady Michelle Obama, the singers Beyoncé and Celine Dion as well as actors Brooke Shields and Hugh Jackman.