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date: 04 December 2020

(p. v) Acknowledgements

(p. v) Acknowledgements

This Handbook has been long in gestation, and its editor has incurred an unrecoverable number of debts during its protracted pre-birth. I thank first Peter Ohlin of Oxford University Press for recommending the project and for his persistence and welcome guidance in helping to bring it to fruition. I thank also the University of Oxford for research leave during which the serious editing could be undertaken, and both the John Fell Fund and the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung for generous financial support which freed me from other obligations inimical to its completion, especially as the final stages of preparation were underway.

During these final stages, I was fortunate to rely on the good offices of Colin Shields, who kindly assisted with the proofing, and Ana Laura Edelhoff, who not only offered judicious advice when it was most needed but also worked through the text with a remarkable and assiduous sharp-eyed intelligence, effecting more corrections than I can comfortably count. Any remaining errors or infelicities are the responsibility of the editor alone.

My deepest thanks are due, however, to the twenty-four contributors to this volume. Some have been asked to wait an unconscionably long time between their original submissions and their eventual publications; they did so with welcome good grace and with encouraging support, for which I remain grateful. Above all, however, I thank them for what they have taught me about Aristotle: their breadth and depth of knowledge is truly astonishing, and I have been honoured to serve as a conduit to its expression. Interacting with them as they wrote and revised their chapters has left me with the highest esteem for their collective learning. My hopeful expectation as editor is that the work's eventual audience—scholars, students, the broader educated public—will come to learn from them as I have learned, and will find themselves inspired, as I have been inspired, to carry their Aristotelian explorations forward. (p. vi)