Analyses of Aristotle (Jaakko Hintikka Selected Papers) by Jaakko Hintikka

By Jaakko Hintikka

Aristotle considered his common sense and method as functions of the Socratic wondering strategy. specifically, common sense was once initially a examine of solutions necessitated via prior solutions. For Aristotle, thought-experiments have been actual experiments within the feel that through understanding varieties in one's brain, you can actually learn off their homes and interrelations. Treating varieties as self sufficient entities, knowable one after the other, dedicated Aristotle to his mode of syllogistic clarification. He didn't ponder lifestyles, predication and id as separate senses of estin. Aristotle therefore serves as an instance of a philosopher who didn't depend on the excellence among the allegedly diverse Fregean senses, thereby laying off new gentle on our personal conceptual presuppositions. This assortment includes numerous amazing interpretations that Jaakko Hintikka has recommend through the years, constituting a problem not just to Aristotelian students and historians of rules, yet to every body attracted to common sense, epistemology or metaphysics and of their historical past.

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Aristotelian scholars have found the combination of different ideas in Aristotle’s distinction between different categories intensely puzzling. These different aspects of Aristotle’s theory include the following: 36 CHAPTER 2 (11) (i) Different questions one can ask about a given entity, and hence different question words (and certain related phrases) in a language. (Cf. Ockham (Loux), pp. 8–9; Ackrill, p. 79; Gomperz, p. ) Several scholars have argued on this basis that Aristotle’s distinction is firmly based on the structure of Greek (Trendelenburg, Benveniste, Kahn).

32. 33. 34. CHAPTER 1 Go´mez-Lobo, ‘‘The So-called Question of Existence,’’ 73. Posterior Analytics A 1, 71a24–7. Posterior Analytics A 1, 71a11–16. Cf. Posterior Analytics A 22, 84a36–7. Posterior Analytics A 10, 76b11–16. See Posterior Analytics B 3, 90b24–5; 13, 96b22–3; 17, 99a20–24. Posterior Analytics 76b5–6. Posterior Analytics 76b6–10. Posterior Analytics 76b6–10. See Prior Analytics A 25. See Ian Muller, Philosophy of Mathematics and the Deductive Structure in Euclid’s Elements (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1981 ), 38.

At the same time, Aristotle’s theory of definitions of different kinds is a vivid example of what was said earlier about the interrogative structure of Aristotelian epistemology and methodology. What has now been seen implies that there literally is no stage of our knowledge of a science (apud Aristotle) when we have reached all (and only) the first principles of a science so that all that is needed henceforth is merely to draw logical conclusions from them. For it was seen that before proper scientific conclusions can be drawn from atomic premises, they must receive an existential force by means of other syllogistic inferences from primary premises of a science.

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