Aristotle (Suny Series in Ancient Greek Philosophy) by Otfried Hoffe, Christine Salazar

By Otfried Hoffe, Christine Salazar

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Secondly, we find reflections about a general theory of science, for example in the Physics (I 1) and with particular frequency in the Ethics. There is a brief but instructive remark at the beginning of the discussion on weakness of will (EN VII 1, 1145b2–7); and the sixth book of the Ethics introduces not only the knowledge pertinent to moral actions, that is, prudence with its related competences. Given that the Ethics considers the logos the achievement characteristic of man, it describes in an almost encyclopedic way all its varieties, its five basic forms—art (technê), knowledge (epistêmê), prudence (phronêsis), wisdom (sophia), and the spirit (nous)—as well as numerous variants.

This esteem of a merely intellectual curiosity could remind the new ethics of science of one form of justification it likes to forget, that is, of a legitimation that is independent of profit and purely internal to science. In Aristotle it is defended with two arguments—or three, if one adds the anthropological status of curiosity. ): only a science that is not in someone else’s service is free (eleutheros). Today we intend freedom of science as the right to choose topics, methods, and hypotheses, but in Aristotle it has a different meaning.

I 4 (25b37–39), though, it can be defined. Besides, through the indirect (converse) equivalents, Aristotle recognizes all syllogisms of Figure IV. The “x” in the formulae stands for the moods. The combination of the three figures with four moods in each of the three partial propositions results in three times 43 ϭ 192 moods, 4 x 6 ϭ 24 of which show themselves to be valid syllogisms. Since Aristotle does not count the a fortiori valid inferences, that is, those with a particular conclusion, he recognizes fourteen moods only (I ϭ 4, II ϭ 4, III ϭ 6: APr.

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