The Two Systems Theory as an Interpretation of Aristotle

Daniel W. Graham

in Aristotle's Two Systems

Published in print October 1990 | ISBN: 9780198243151
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680649 | DOI:

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The Two Systems Theory as an Interpretation of Aristotle

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The Two Systems Theory (TST) is the best interpretive theory of Aristotle. It has important implications both for systematic and for genetic studies of Aristotle. This chapter hopes to provide a secure foundation as well as a point of reference for further researches into Aristotle's philosophy. Discussions in this chapter include: a recapitulation; towards a consistent Aristotle; problems of dating such as relative dates of the works of S1, the dating of S1 in relation to S2, and the relation of the dialogues to S1; contextual advantages of TST such as biographical, historical, and philosophical advantages; evidential advantages of TST such as data and evidence, bootstrapping and confirmation for TST, and the dissolution of a problem; and TST and other interpretations such as Aristotle as a philosopher of common sense, biological approaches to Aristotle, the craft analogy as a root metaphor, and Owen and the Platonism of Aristotle.

Keywords: Two Systems Theory; dating; contextual advantages; evidential advantages; craft analogy; Owen; Platonism

Chapter.  18275 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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