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A Science of First Principles A Science of First Principles <i>Metaphysics</i> A 2

Sarah Broadie

in Aristotle's Metaphysics Alpha

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639984
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191743337 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639984.003.0002

Series: Symposia Aristotelia

A Science of First Principles A Science of First Principles Metaphysics A 2

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This chapter continues the discussion of Cambiano's on A 1, since Aristotle's chapters A 1-2 are evidently a continuous introduction. The problem of what exactly it is an introduction to, i.e. the perennial question of the unity and diversity of Aristotle's metaphysical treatises, is considered here, although necessarily only in outline. It is also argued that, contrary to some scholarly opinions, this introduction should not be regarded as a protreptic to philosophy as such, i.e. as belonging to the genre of Aristotle's Protrepticus. Whereas that genre aims to promote the pursuit of sophia as a way of life, hence as ultimately an ethical choice or determination of the highest human good, the present text (it is argued) is meant to establish the nature of the highest or most paradigmatic form of cognition as such, leaving aside the question of ranking this in relation to other possible candidates for the highest good overall.

Keywords: Akribeia (exactitude); divine thought; object of; epistemê (knowledge); eudaimonia (happiness); god; as first principle; knowledge of god; jealousy of the gods; good; the supreme; protreptic; Isocrates; leisure; mathematics; philosophy; Plato; Philebus; political science; sophia; sophos wisdom; universality; wonder as origin of philosophy

Chapter.  13254 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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