Knowledge and demonstration: Aristotle's Posterior analytics

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This book examines a fundamental problem in Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics: what is the role of syllogistic logic in the theory of demonstrative knowledge? The answer to this question is sought in Aristotle’s metaphysical theory and his conception of substance. This interpretation challenges the traditional interpretation that approaches Aristotle’s theory of demonstration from the standpoint of scientific practice. It is argued, in this book, that the Posterior Analytics’ main objective is to articulate the notion of knowledge, viewed here as a conceptualisation, rather than analysing the structure and methods of scientific explorations. The original interpretation offered in this book sheds fresh light on issues, such as the conceptual difference between Aristotle’s logic and modern logic, the relationship between Aristotle’s logic and Greek mathematics, and the differences between the Aristotelian and modern notions of knowledge and proof. In attempting to present a comprehensive interpretation of one of the most difficult works in the Aristotelian corpus, this book is of major importance first and foremost for Aristotelian scholars and historians of Greek philosophy; the historical character of the analysis offered here makes it relevant also to historians of Greek mathematics, historians of logic, historians of science in general, and philosophers of sciences.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherKluwer Academic Pub
Number of pages158
ISBN (Electronic)1402027885, 9781402027888
ISBN (Print)9781402027871, 9789048167227, 1402027877, 9048167221
StatePublished - 2004

Publication series

NameNew synthese historical library
PublisherKluwer Academic Pub

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Aristotle -- Posterior analytics
  • Knowledge, Theory of -- Early works to 1800
  • Logic -- Early works to 1800
  • Science -- Methodology -- Early works to 1800
  • לוגיקה -- חיבורים קדומים עד 1800
  • מדע -- מתודולוגיה -- חיבורים קדומים עד 1800
  • תורת ההכרה -- חיבורים קדומים עד 1800
  • العلوم -- المنهجية -- الأعمال المبكرة لسنة 1800
  • المعرفة، نظرية -- الأعمال المبكرة لسنة 1800
  • المنطق -- الأعمال المبكرة لسنة 1800


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