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Aristotle on Knowledge and Learning: The Posterior Analytics by David Bronstein

By David Bronstein

'All educating and all highbrow studying grow to be from pre-existing knowledge.' So starts off Aristotle's Posterior Analytics, some of the most vital, and hard, works within the historical past of western philosophy. David Bronstein sheds new mild in this hard textual content via arguing that it's coherently dependent round subject matters of putting up with philosophical curiosity: wisdom and learning.

The Posterior Analytics, on Bronstein's studying, is a sustained exam of medical wisdom: what it truly is and the way it truly is got. Aristotle first discusses valuable sorts of clinical wisdom (epist?m? and nous). He then presents a compelling account, in opposite order, of the kinds of studying one must adopt as a way to collect them. The Posterior Analytics therefore emerges as an elegantly equipped paintings during which Aristotle describes the
mind's ascent from sense-perception of details to medical wisdom of first principles.

Bronstein additionally highlights Plato's impression on Aristotle's textual content. for every kind of studying Aristotle discusses, Bronstein uncovers an example of Meno's Paradox (a puzzle from Plato's Meno based on which inquiry and studying are very unlikely) and an answer to it. additionally, he argues, opposed to present orthodoxy, that Aristotle is devoted to the Socratic photo of inquiry, in line with which one should still search what a thing's essence is ahead of looking its demonstrable attributes and
their causes.

Aristotle on wisdom and studying should be of curiosity to scholars and students of historical philosophy, epistemology, or philosophy of science.

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