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Aristotle on Knowledge and Learning: The Posterior Analytics

David Bronstein


Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics is one of the most important, and difficult, works in the history of western philosophy. This book sheds new light on this challenging text by arguing that it is coherently structured around two themes of enduring philosophical interest: knowledge and learning. The Posterior Analytics, this book argues, is a sustained examination of scientific knowledge: what it is and how it is acquired. Aristotle first discusses two principal forms of scientific knowledge (epistēmē and nous). He then provides a compelling account, in reverse order, of the types of learning one ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, epistēmē, essence, first principle, inquiry, nous, learning, Meno’s Paradox, Posterior Analytics, scientific knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198724902
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724902.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Bronstein, author
Georgetown University