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From Puzzles to Principles? : Essays on Aristotle's Dialectic: Essays on Aristotle's Dialectic - May Sim

From Puzzles to Principles?

Essays on Aristotle's Dialectic: Essays on Aristotle's Dialectic

Paperback Published: 28th October 1999
ISBN: 9780739100295
Number Of Pages: 288

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Scholars of classical philosophy have long disputed whether Aristotle was a dialectical thinker. Most agree that Aristotle contrasts dialectical reasoning with demonstrative reasoning, where the former reasons from generally accepted opinions and the latter reasons from the true and primary. Starting with a grasp on truth, demonstration never relinquishes it. Starting with opinion, how could dialectical reasoning ever reach truth, much less the truth about first principles? Is dialectic then an exercise that reiterates the prejudices of one's times and at best allows one to persuade others by appealing to these prejudices, or is it the royal road to first principles and philosophical wisdom?

In From Puzzles to Principles? May Sim gathers experts to argue both these positions and offer a variety of interpretive possibilities. The contributors' thoughtful reflections on the nature and limits of dialectic should play a crucial role in Aristotelian scholarship.

Introductionp. ix
For Dialectic Puts Questions about Matters which Philosophy Knowsp. 1
The Diodorean Modalities and the Master Argumentp. 15
Dialectic and Method in Aristotlep. 39
The Epistemological Basis of Aristotelian Dialecticp. 57
Choosing the Good in Aristotle's Topicsp. 107
The Normalization of Perplexity in Aristotlep. 125
Dialectic, Contradiction, and Paraconsistency in Aristotlep. 137
Perception and Dialectic in Aristotle's De Animap. 151
Aristotle's Discovery of First Principlesp. 163
Dialectical Communities: From the One to the Many and Backp. 183
Poetry, History, and Dialecticp. 215
Selected Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 237
About the Contributorsp. 249
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ISBN: 9780739100295
ISBN-10: 0739100297
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 28th October 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.38