Aristotle's Philosophical Development: Problems and Prospects

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1996 - Philosophy - 407 pages
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For most of this century, Aristotelian scholarship was dominated by a single question: how might Aristotle's intellectual development be used to shed light on his philosophical doctrines? Opinions differed widely as to how this growth was to be charted; eventually, a reaction to the whole enterprise set in, and the past thirty years have seen the question lose its prominence. Recently, certain scholars have reopened the question. In this collection of new essays, sixteen distinguished scholars reconsider the promise and limitations of developmentalism, with contributions devoted to Aristotle's logic and epistemology, physics, biology and psychology, ethics and politics, and metaphysics. Also included are classic developmental studies by Anton-Hermann Chroust and Thomas Case. Contributors: Enrico Berti, Klaus Brinkmann, Thomas Case, Anton-Hermann Chroust, John Cleary, Alan Code, Russell Dancy, Cynthia Freeland, Daniel Graham, Jaako Hintikka, James Lennox, Deborah Modrak, Pierre Pellegrin, John M. Rist, William Wians, and Charlotte Witt
 

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Contents

1 Aristotle
1
2 The First Thirty Years of Modern Aristotelian Scholarship 19121942
41
3 The Evolution of Developmental Interpretations of Aristotle
67
4 On the Development of Aristotles Ideas of Scientific Method and the Structure of Science
83
5 Does Aristotles Conception of Dialectic Develop?
105
6 Scientific Examples in the Posterior Analytics
131
One or Many Theories?
151
Natural Motion in Physics II and Physics VIII
171
On Aristotles Theory of Forms
249
12 The Consistency of Aristotles Thought on Substance
289
13 Owen on the Development of Aristotles Metaphysics
303
14 Aristotles Poetics in Relation to the Ethical Treatises
327
15 On the Platonic Part of Aristotles Politics
347
16 On Taking Aristotles Development Seriously
359
BIBLIOGRAPHY
375
INDEX OF PASSAGES CITED
391

9 Mathematics and Cosmology in Aristotles Philosophical Development
193
The Balme Hypothesis
229

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William Wians is Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Boston College.

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