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Aristotle's First Principles

Terence Irwin


This book explores Aristotle’s view of philosophical methods and the merits of his conclusions. The author emphasises the systemic character of Aristotle’s philosophy by examining questions on metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy and mind and ethics. Aristotle’s reliance on dialectic as the method of philosophy appears to conflict with the metaphysical realist view of his conclusions. It is unclear how a coherent account of common beliefs can justify a metaphysical realist’s claims. The author presents Aristotle’s defence of dialectic against this basic objection, and explores the implication ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, philosophy, dialectic, metaphysics, realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198242901
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198242905.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terence Irwin, author
Cornell University
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