Place In the Author’s Work
Until the twentieth century, academics viewed Aristotle's works as a consistent and finished whole—treating the entire Aristotelian corpus as the product of a mature thinker. The lack of unity among the books of Metaphysics also supports this interpretation. The variety of topics and their lack of coherent connections clearly indicates that Aristotle did not produce Metaphysics in a conventional manner—writing the entire work at once. "A prodigious researcher and writer, Aristotle left a great body of work, perhaps numbering as many as two-hundred treatises, from which approximately thirty-one survive". While Aristotle wrote many groundbreaking treatises in various areas of philosophy, Metaphysics is still one of his most important works. Aristotle's innovative way of thinking has made his body of work vastly influential to later philosophers. Scholars still discuss the historical and philosophical importance of certain aspects of his thought. Categories, Physics, and especially Metaphysics earned Aristotle acclaim as one of the most important metaphysicians in Western philosophy.