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Aristotle's First Principles

Terence Irwin

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198242901
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597770 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198242905.001.0001

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Aristotle's First Principles

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This book explores Aristotle’s view of philosophical methods and the merits of his conclusions. The author emphasises the systemic character of Aristotle’s philosophy by examining questions on metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy and mind and ethics. Aristotle’s reliance on dialectic as the method of philosophy appears to conflict with the metaphysical realist view of his conclusions. It is unclear how a coherent account of common beliefs can justify a metaphysical realist’s claims. The author presents Aristotle’s defence of dialectic against this basic objection, and explores the implication of his solution.

Keywords: Aristotle; philosophy; dialectic; metaphysics; realism

Book.  720 pages. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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The Problem of First Principles in Aristotle's First Principles

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Inquiry and Dialectic in Aristotle's First Principles

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Constructive Dialectic in Aristotle's First Principles

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Puzzles About Substance in Aristotle's First Principles

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The Formal Cause in Aristotle's First Principles

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Conditions for Science in Aristotle's First Principles

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Puzzles About Science in Aristotle's First Principles

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The Universal Science in Aristotle's First Principles

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The Science of Being in Aristotle's First Principles

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Substance and Essence in Aristotle's First Principles

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