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by John Fowles


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This book was first published against the advice of almost everyone who read it. I was told that it would do my ‘image’ no good; and I am sure that my belief that a favourable ‘image’ is conceivably not of any great human – or literary – significance would have counted for very little if I had not had a best-selling novel behind me.

I know this because John Fowles told me so in his preface. It was written under the influence of a "love-affaire with Gallic clarity and concision" (yes, Fowles used here, as he, The Aristos was not written to persuade but rather to declare, boldly (as well as baldly) and unconditionally, and to provoke. Its title probably doesn't mean what you think it means. It comes from ancient Greek, is pronounced with an emphasis on the first syllable, and means roughly "the best for a given situation.

The Aristos: A Self-Portrait in Ideas is a 1964 collection of several hundred philosophical aphorisms by English author John Fowles. The principal theme in The Aristos is that most achievements, most great steps forward, have come from individuals. In the book's Appendix, Fowles included what he called the "main fragments" of Heraclitus's doctrine.

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John Fowles was born in England in 1926 and educated at Bedford School and Oxford University. John Fowles won international recognition with his first published title. THE COLLECTOR (1963). He was immediately acclaimed as an outstandingly innovative writer of exceptional imaginative power and this reputation was confirmed with the appearance of his subsequent works.

Publisher: New York, . New American Library, 1970.

Introduction: John Fowles: 'The Aristos'. John Fowles is both a fine philosopher and a beautiful novelist

Introduction: John Fowles: 'The Aristos'. John Fowles is both a fine philosopher and a beautiful novelist. I was given his book 'The Aristos' (meaning the best) by my father back in about 1980 when I was 20 years old. My father, who died in 1991, was a beautiful philosophical man (who I miss very much) and I remember he said to me at the time that he thought I would relate to Fowles' ideas on philosophy and society

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Two years after The Collector had brought him international recognition and a year before he published The Magus, John Fowles set out his ideas on life in The Aristos. The chief inspiration behind them was the fifth century BC philosopher Heraclitus. In the world he posited of constant and chaotic flux the supreme good was the Aristos, 'of a person or thing, the best or most excellent its kind'. What I was really trying to define was an ideal of human freedom (the Aristos) in an unfree world,' wrote Fowles in 1965.


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uspeh
Not what I was expecting, a very interesting philosophy on the structure of society. The format was good which made it easier to read.
Arryar
Interesting product delivered in a timely manner.
Gnng
The Aristos (1964;revised1980) is a ‘self-portrait in ideas’ setting forth the personal version of existentialism which underlies the novels. Fowles published this after his 1st novel The Collector. Fowles set out his ideas on life in The Aristos. The chief inspiration was the 5th century BC philosopher Heraclitus. In the world he posited of constant and chaotic flux the supreme good was the Aristos, ‘of a person or thing, the best or most excellent of its kind.’ He used the ‘success’ of his previous novel to issue this ‘failure.’ He wanted to free himself from all the modern cages we erect around ourselves,novelist, plumber, philosopher, and set forth his views without fear or being a specialist. As with existentialists he expresses his agnosticism, but acknowledges ‘God’, the ‘Godgame’ , religion and Christianity; he prefers to speak of ‘mystery’. He uses terms like ‘cosmos, the universe ’, ‘the whole, ‘the law’ chaos, ’humanism’. Socialism, art, poetry, science, doing the good, sexuality and freedom are all heavily discussed. Beneath each chapter heading Fowles makes inspired, numbered jottings: thoughts stating baldly what he believes, in order to elicit the readers beliefs, by forcing him/her to state what he/she believes. You can imagine him making these notes while an undergraduate, then working them up into essay form like Montaigne.Fowles was taking a risk by doing this un-English thing, by giving away a lot of the ideas he was using or about to use in his novels. Heraclitus saw a conflict between the ‘ Many’( the hoi polloi) and the’Few’( the intellectual/moral elite); but Fowles makes it clear these categories can exist in one individual as well as between people. By cutting away all the high fencing between subjects and specialist jargon Fowles makes a valid claim on our attention. Like a true writer of literature he asks us to ‘cherish the poet’; his two favourites being Catullus and Emily Dickinson.
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We are donating our personal libraries to the New York City Library on York Avenue, which has an all volunteer bookstore in the basement, which raises a million dollars a year for the library system. This paperback book will sell for a couple of dollars there -- maybe more if they take account of the high prices here on Amazon, and every penny helps.

This collection of quotes was put together by Fowles to prove that most achievements, most great steps forward, have come from individuals. The Appendix contains the "main fragments" of Heraclitus's doctrine.

I found the various examples interesting and remember dipping into the book for several years from time to time. I hope the new owner enjoys the collection as much as I did.

Robert C. Ross
September 2018
MOQ
The Aristos is a nonfiction exposition and statement of position on reality, the problems and challenges of humanity and what it means to be human by John Fowles, one of the greatest novelists of the second half of the twentieth century. One may agree with or differ from these pronouncements, for that is what they are, but one must acknowledge the author's precision and clarity of presentation, cutting insights and serious philosophical approach. It is very much worth the effort of reading.
Blackbrand
I take this almost as a bible for the inquiring mind. It's the aethist's point of view but quite perceptive about the human condition regardless. It's more about that than hammering on that God's just a Dog.Suprising how expensive other editions are, luckily still some cheapies.
BroWelm
Fowles analyses and gives his very educated opinion on all aspects of life, from religion to sex, from education, to philosophy and politics.
It is a must for all who want to know how the author of "The French Lieutenant's Woman" sees the world.
I really like the writing style of John Fowles. The plot is also interesting.
The Aristos download epub
Philosophy
Author: John Fowles
ISBN: 0330322931
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Philosophy
Language: English
Publisher: Picador; New Ed edition (March 12, 1993)
Pages: 224 pages


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