Reading Aristotle: Argument and Exposition

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William Wians, Ron Polansky
BRILL, Jul 31, 2017 - Philosophy - 400 pages
Reading Aristotle: Argument and Exposition argues that Aristotle’s treatises must be approached as progressive unfoldings of a unified position that may extend over a single book, an entire treatise, or across several works. Contributors demonstrate that Aristotle relies on both explanatory and expository principles. Explanatory principles include familiar doctrines such as the four causes, actuality’s priority over potentiality and nature’s doing nothing in vain. Expository principles are at least as important. They pertain to proper sequence, pedagogical method, the role of reputable views and the opinions of predecessors, the equivocity of key explanatory terms, and the need to scrupulously observe distinctions between the different sciences. A sensitivity to expository principles is crucial to understanding both particular arguments and entire treatises.
 

Contents

Introduction Wians and Polansky
1
Chapter 1 Ways of Proving in Aristotle Zingano
7
Chapter 2 Aristotles Scientific Method Halper
50
Chapter 3 Aristotles ProblemataStyle and Aural Textuality Quarantotto
97
The Investigations of Physics Lang
127
Chapter 5 Surrogate Principles and the Natural Order of Exposition in Aristotles De Caelo II Leunissen
165
Chapter 6 Arrangement and Exploratory Discourse in the Parva Naturalia van der Eijk
181
Chapter 7 The Place of the De Motu Animalium in Aristotles Natural Philosophy Falcon
215
Chapter 9 The Concept of Ousia in Metaphysics Alpha Beta and Gamma Politis and Su
257
Chapter 10 Aristotles Nicomachean Ethics is a Work of Practical Science Polansky
277
Chapter 11 Aristotle on the Alleged Inferiority of History to Poetry Lockwood
315
Rereading Poetics 1314 Heath
334
Bibliography
353
Index of Aristotle Citations
369
General Index
380
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Chapter 8 Is Aristotles Account of Sexual Differentiation Inconsistent? Wians
236

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