Greek philosopher Aristotle wasn't always the biggest fan of money. If he only knew how much his writings are bringing to one CU-Boulder classics professor.
Eckart Schütrumpf has earned a $75,000 German research award called the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award for his work compiling some fragments of Aristotle's little-known writing into an “authoritative” volume, to be published in Greek with German and English translations.
“Aristotle is without doubt one of the greatest philosophers of all time, and he was a very productive author,” said Schütrumpf in a CU news release. “However, it has been calculated that only one-fifth of what he wrote has survived.”
According to CU, Schütrumpf is considered one of the world's foremost experts on Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher who lived from 384 to 322 B.C.
Schütrumpf earlier this year published the last of four volumes of commentary on Aristotle's politics, according to the University.
Schütrumpf said the new edition of Aristotle's “fragments” would provide a more comprehensive of understanding of his philosophy.
“Previous editions of the fragments of Aristotle's works exist, the best being from 1886,” he said in a press release Wednesday. ”It is desirable that this edition be replaced because we now have a greater knowledge of literature from late antiquity, which allows us a better understanding of the indirect tradition of Aristotelian influence.”
The Humboldt Foundation's research award intends to honor scholars who have achieved the highest level of accomplishment in their field over an entire career and to further cooperation between these experts and scholars at German universities, according to CU.
Eminent scholars from Germany must nominate candidates.
External evaluators selected by the Humboldt Foundation are then asked to assess the international scholarly reputation of the nominee and the quality of their proposed new research, according to CU.
Because scholars from all countries are nominated, the award is extremely competitive.
Only about 10 percent of Humboldt research awards are given to scholars in the humanities.