Philoponus: On Aristotle Posterior Analytics 1.9-18 (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle) (Paperback)

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Philoponus: On Aristotle Posterior Analytics 1.9-18 (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle) (Paperback)

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In this part of the Posterior Analytics, Aristotle elaborates his assessment of how universal truths of science can be scientifically explained as inevitable in demonstrative proofs. But he introduces complications: some sciences discuss phenomena that can only be explained by higher sciences and again sometimes we reason out a cause from an effect, rather than an effect from a cause. Philoponus takes these issues further. Reasoning from particular to universal is the direction taken by induction, and in mathematics reasoning from a theorem to the higher principles from which it follows is considered particularly valuable. It corresponds to the direction of analysis, as opposed to synthesis.

This volume contains an English translation of Philoponus' commentary, a detailed introduction, extensive explanatory notes and a bibliography.
Richard McKirahan is Edwin Clarence Norton Professor of Classics and Professor of Philosophy at Pomona College, Claremont, California.
Product Details ISBN: 9781472557971
ISBN-10: 1472557972
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: April 10th, 2014
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Ancient Commentators on Aristotle