Chapter

The Science of Being

Terence Irwin

in Aristotle's First Principles

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198242901
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597770 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198242905.003.0009

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 The Science of Being

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One of the puzzles in Book iii asked whether and why the science that studies the axioms will also study substance. Aristotle states that the universal science must study both substance and the axioms because it studies being qua being. Aristotle wants to show first philosophy can argue for the truth of axioms. He concentrates on the Principle of Non-Contradiction, arguing that the principle must be true for some of the properties of any subject.

Keywords: Aristotle; science of being; principle of non-contradiction; axioms; substance

Chapter.  9222 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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