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- Description'All teaching and all intellectual learning come to be from pre-existing kwledge.' So begins Aristotle's Posterior Analytics, one of the most important, and difficult, works in the history of western philosophy. David Bronstein sheds new light on this challenging text by arguing that it is coherently structured around two themes of enduring philosophical interest: kwledge and learning. The Posterior Analytics, on Bronstein's reading, is a sustained examination of scientific kwledge: what it is and how it is acquired. Aristotle first discusses two principal forms of scientific kwledge (epist?m? and us). He then provides a compelling account, in reverse order, of the types of learning one needs to undertake in order to acquire them. The Posterior Analytics thus emerges as an elegantly organized work in which Aristotle describes the mind's ascent from sense-perception of particulars to scientific kwledge of first principles. Bronstein also highlights Plato's influence on Aristotle's text. For each type of learning Aristotle discusses, Bronstein uncovers an instance of Me's Paradox (a puzzle from Plato's Me according to which inquiry and learning are impossible) and a solution to it. In addition, he argues, against current orthodoxy, that Aristotle is committed to the Socratic Picture of inquiry, according to which one should seek what a thing's essence is before seeking its demonstrable attributes and their causes. Aristotle on Kwledge and Learning will be of interest to students and scholars of ancient philosophy, epistemology, or philosophy of science.
- Author BiographyDavid Bronstein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Georgetown University. He was educated in Canada and previously taught at Boston University and the University of Oxford. He is the author of several articles on Aristotle's epistemology and philosophy of science.
- Author(s)David Bronstein
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication07/04/2016
- Series TitleOxford Aristotle Studies Series
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Weight560 g
- Width162 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine20 mm
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