Conclusion – and Retrospect Conclusion – and Retrospect <i>Metaphysicsc</i> A 10

John M. Cooper

in Aristotle's Metaphysics Alpha

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639984
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191743337 | DOI:

Series: Symposia Aristotelia

Conclusion – and Retrospect Conclusion – and Retrospect Metaphysicsc A 10

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The first part of the chapter translates and discusses, section by section, Metaphysics Α 10. The second part rveiews in retrospect Aristotle's intentions in Metaphysics Α as a whole, and the progress of his argument through the 10 chapters of the book. It is Aristotle's intention (presented in chapters 1-2) to search for the first principles and causes of being, by reviewing and examining the opinions of his predecessors on this subject. A distinction must be made between Aristotle's report (chapters 3-6) of his predecessors' opinions and his critical discussion (chapters 8-9) of the difficulties (ἀπορίαι) he thinks their views involve; at the end of the book Aristotle reminds us that we need to mull over these difficulties for ourselves: this is the programme set for Book B.

Keywords: philosophy; history of; Aristotle's view on history of philosophy; aporia; archē; first principles; Empedocles; Hippias

Chapter.  17334 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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