The principles of demonstration and tekmeriodic proofs in the late-antique commentary tradition

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Abstract

I argue that Aristotle's late-antique commentators read into his theory of demonstration the notion of tekmeriodic proofs in attempt to integrate into the theory of demonstration the assumption that the principles of demonstration should be evident. In so doing, I trace the late antique commentators' view to Alexander of Aphrodisias' discussion of the principles of demonstration, showing how his assumption that the principles of demonstration should be evident underlies their notions of tekmeriodic proofs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-266
Number of pages18
JournalRevue de synthese / Centre international de synthese
Volume134
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • Antiquity
  • commentators
  • demonstration
  • tekmeriodic proofs

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